CONFESSION (A drama for two actors from play "On Holy Ground")


by D. M. Larson


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"Confession" is a scene from the published play "Holy Ground" by D. M. Larson ISBN-13: 978-1502875990

Lights are dim and focus on a corner of the church which the confessional.  We see Jude and Delia but they are divided by a partition.

DELIA

I'm scared, Father.

JUDE

Scared?  Of what?

DELIA

Everything.

JUDE

God will protect you.

DELIA

I wish I could believe that.

JUDE

You can trust God.

DELIA

I fear God. I don't trust him.  I am afraid what he is going to do.  I am afraid of what will happen every day... If I go outside, what will be waiting for me?  There's something wrong out there.  Something's not right.  

JUDE

Things are changing.  I have sensed it too.

DELIA

What do we do?

jude

Trust in God.

DELIA

Back to that again... How can I trust him?   How can I trust the one who took my father away? How can I trust the one who turned my mother into a drunk? How I trust the one who put me in the house of someone who abused me?  Every day I lived in fear.  What would happen if I stepped outside my room?  I didn't know what was waiting for me.  I never knew what would wake up that day.  The creep, the angry one, the monster... I didn't even want to get out of bed anymore.  It got too hard.  I was too scared.  I would hide and pray to God to help me.  But God never did.  My childhood gone and my only escape was adulthood.

JUDE

You blamed God for all that?

DELIA

Even if God didn't do it why did he let it happen?

JUDE

He will never give you more than you can handle.

DELIA

I can't handle it though... I'm going crazy.. The fear is crippling me... I have to drag myself out of bed and force myself to live each day... Sure, I put on this happy face... People think I am pretty cheerful... No one cares to see the pain under my skin... The pain that's ripping at my soul.

JUDE

God sees.

DELIA

I know.

JUDE

Have you sinned?

DELIA

What?

JUDE

Are you a sinner?

DELIA

I don't know...

JUDE

Do you think about sinning?

delia

All the time.

jude

What stops you?

Delia

Fear... Fear of what might happen to me... See, I'm afraid of everything.

JUDE

Your fear could be a blessing.

DELIA

What?

JUDE

It keeps you from doing wrong... It keep you from doing anything evil.

DELIA

I hope so.

JUDE

Do you feel tempted?

DELIA

All the time.

JUDE

What tempts you?

DELIA

I'm tempted to give up... It's too hard to keep living.

JUDE

Perhaps you need something to live for.

DELIA

I do.

JUDE

We will ask God to give you something to live for... We are all born with a purpose.

DELIA

I just want to know what it is.

END OF SCENE


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