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WATCH    4'2m0f Jesus prayed while John and Peter schlept

(scene: two chairs on bare stage, John and Peter enter)

JOHN --- (shouting back toward exit) Alright, Jesus, I promise 
we'll stay awake this time. I promise. (sits)

PETER -- (sits, immediately falls asleep)

JOHN --- (elbows Peter, whispers) Peter. Peter.

PETER -- (snorts, wakes) Huh?

JOHN --- Peter, Jesus told us to stay awake and keep watch.

PETER -- I'm tired. (closes eyes)

JOHN --- Peter! I promised the Lord we would stay awake this 
time.

PETER -- (eyes closed) I can't help it, John. I had four cups of 
wine with Passover supper tonight.

JOHN --- We all had four cups of wine, Peter. But I'm not 
falling asleep. Not this time. I promised Jesus.

PETER -- But, he sometimes prays for hours at a time. Why do we 
have to keep watch, anyway?

JOHN --- We don't want anyone to interrupt the Lord while he's
praying. And we should pray for him too.

PETER -- We'll take turns. You wake me when it's my turn.

JOHN --- Peter, why can't you just....

FRED --- (Hops onstage on Peter's side, bound and gagged, groans)

JOHN --- Peter. Someone is coming. Peter. (points)

PETER -- (wakes, jumps up, shouts) Just a minute, there, buddy. 
Nobody disturbs the Lord while he's praying.

FRED --- (groans)

JOHN --- Peter! Be quiet. You'll disturb the Lord's prayers.

PETER -- Yeah, be quiet, there, buddy. You'll disturb the Lord's 
prayers.

FRED --- (groans)

JOHN --- Peter! Can't you see he's bound and gagged? Untie him.

PETER -- (Unties only his hands) Alright, buddy, why are you 
barging in where you're not wanted?

FRED --- (groans)

PETER -- Alright, fella, talk.

FRED --- (groans, tugs at gag, points at knot behind his head, 
groans)

PETER -- Alright, buddy. You're out of here. (pushes him one 
step back toward exit)

FRED --- (Groans, holds up two fingers)

PETER -- Two words. 

FRED --- (groans, shakes head)

PETER -- No, one word, two syllables. Second syllable. Sounds
like.... 

FRED --- (Groans, points at Peter, nods, points offstage away
from Jesus)

PETER -- Sounds like finger. Sounds like point. Sounds like
there.

JOHN --- Peter, why don't you just untie the gag?

PETER -- No, he's doing good. Playing charades is a good way to 
stay awake. (to Fred) Sounds like away. Sounds like... what 
direction is that, John?

JOHN --- West.

PETER -- Sounds like west.

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, groans)

PETER -- Second syllable sounds like west. Best. Pest. Nest.
Rest.

FRED --- (Nods excitedly,  groans)

JOHN --- Peter, this could be serious. Untie the gag.

PETER -- No, no! We're doing good. Second syllable is rest.
What's the first syllable?

FRED --- (Holds up hand with forefinger up)

PETER -- First syllable.

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, moans, then, holds thumb and
forefinger a fraction of an inch apart, groans)

PETER -- First syllable is a little word.

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, groans)

PETER -- A.... E....

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, groans)

PETER -- E... is it E?

FRED --- (Shakes head in frustration)

PETER -- A... A...? Is it A?

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, groans)

PETER -- A...rest. A rest? Is somebody going to take A REST?
Hey, I'd like to take A REST.

FRED --- (Shakes head, groans and jumps up and down angrily)

JOHN --- Arrest. The word is ARREST, Peter. Who is going to be
arrested?

FRED --- (Nods, points offstage toward Jesus, groans)

JOHN --- Jesus? They're coming to arrest Jesus?

FRED --- (Nods excitedly, groans)

PETER -- John! I could have guessed it. You didn't have to jump
in and ruin it.

JOHN --- Peter, they're coming to arrest Jesus!

PETER -- (Tries to exit) We've got to warn Jesus!

JOHN --- (Stops Peter) No, Peter, Jesus gave us strict orders to 
keep watch.

PETER -- John, he's going to be arrested. Don't you think we
should make an exception here?

JOHN --- No. Especially not now. 

PETER -- Now? What's so special about now?

JOHN --- Jesus told us at supper tonight that the end is near. 
He's expecting to be arrested. Let's not interrupt what might be 
his last quiet time with the Father.

FRED --- (groans excitedly)

PETER -- (nods at Fred as if he understood) Yeah, John, what ARE 
we going to do then?

JOHN --- (pauses, double takes, frowns, then contemplates 
briefly) We'll intercept the soldiers and delay them until Jesus 
is finished praying. Let's go. (exits)

PETER -- Good idea, John. (Begins to exit)

FRED --- (groans loudly, jumps up and down, pointing at his gag 
and leg ties, makes several hand signals) 

PETER -- Two words, first word, second syllable, sounds like 
tie. I'm sorry, fella, we don't have time to play charades. 
(exits)

FRED --- (exits hopping, groaning)


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