BACK

HELL     4'?m2f Heaven and Hell: So close, yet so far

AMY -- (enters wearing work clothes, carrying bucket, with rag 
over shoulder, surveys stage, smiles, dusts off podium or other 
furniture with a swat of the rag)

LIZ -- (enters wearing coat, with head down, removes coat, 
hears the swat, gasps) What are you doing in my house?!

AMY -- Oh, I'm sorry, I was hoping to finish before you got 
home.

LIZ -- Finish what?! Robbing me blind?! 

AMY -- Oh, I'm sorry. How rude of me. I should have introduced 
myself. I'm your new neighbor... (extends hand)

LIZ -- (ignores Amy, notices something pleasant about the 
surroundings) ...Wait a minute. Something's different here. It's 
brighter in here.

AMY -- It's amazing what a coat of paint will do.

LIZ -- You painted my house?!

AMY -- If the color is too light, I can come back and paint it  
a darker shade...

LIZ -- ...and the carpet. It's thicker. It's like walking on 
air.

AMY -- I replaced the carpet.

LIZ -- You what?!

AMY -- But I didn't change the color when I upgraded it.

LIZ -- You upgraded my carpet?! It's brand new!

AMY -- I found a perfect color match in the premium grade. I 
upgraded the padding too...

LIZ -- (points to ceiling over audience) ...Why does my 
chandelier look so much brighter? It didn't even sparkle that 
much when it was new.

AMY -- I replaced the cut glass with diamonds.

LIZ -- Diamonds!?

AMY -- If the light is too bright for you, I replaced the 
(points to audience side wall) on-off switch with a dimmer 
switch. You can...

LIZ -- ...You put diamonds in my chandelier!?

AMY -- The diamond market is way down. I got them for a 
steal....

LIZ -- (points to audience back wall) ...What did you do to my 
back yard?!

AMY -- Oh. Ah, I thought a privacy fence would make it a little 
more cozy....

LIZ -- ...No, I'm talking about the pool! You put a swimming 
pool in my back yard?! 

AMY -- Listen, if you think the waterfall is too gaudy, I can 
bring the crew back and have it removed...

LIZ -- ...Wait a minute! I know what you're up to! This is a 
scam!

AMY -- A scam?

LIZ -- Yes, a scam! You can't fool me! I'm not signing any 
contracts...

AMY -- ...Contracts? I...

LIZ -- ...You know, you can't make me pay for things I didn't 
order! The law is on my side! So, you can just forget it!

AMY -- Oh! No. No. I don't expect you to pay for any of this. I 
was just being neighborly.

LIZ -- Neighborly?!

AMY -- Yes, I was about to introduce myself, when you... (offers 
hand)

LIZ -- (ignores Amy, turns) ...You mean, this is mine? All mine? 
And it won't cost me anything?!

AMY -- Not a thing. It's a house-warming gift.

LIZ -- A house-warming gift?! This is paradise! (pause) Oh. Oh, 
no.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- On my way home tonight... I walked across the street and 
a big truck came at me with it's brakes screeching...

AMY -- Yes, it did.

LIZ -- But it didn't stop in time, did it?

AMY -- No, it didn't.

LIZ -- So, I'm... I'm dead.

AMY -- Yes, you are.

LIZ -- So, this IS paradise.

AMY -- Yes, it is.

LIZ -- And I get to live in paradise!

AMY -- Well, not exactly.

LIZ -- Not exactly.

AMY -- No. (guides Liz to far exit) I had a construction crew 
install a big picture window here on the side of your house, so 
you can look in. You'll be living on the other side.

LIZ -- The other side?! It's dark on the other side. Why would I 
want to live in the dark?

AMY -- I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to live in the dark.

LIZ -- I... I don't understand.

AMY -- Well, let me put it this way. This (points back to center 
stage) is where you would have lived if you had made a 
commitment to Jesus. But...

LIZ -- Oh, no. Then, it's true what they said!

AMY -- Yes. You'll be on the outside looking in.

LIZ -- But it's dark out there!

AMY -- Well, look at the bright side, you'll be able to see what 
you're missing. (exiting with Liz)

LIZ -- (exiting) Is it my imagination? Or is it getting hot?

2013 Bob Snook. Conditions for use:
Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it.
Pay no royalties, even if you make money from performances.
You may reproduce and distribute this script freely,
but all copies must contain this copyright statement.
http://www.bobsnook.org  email: bob@bobsnook.org

BACK