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MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL


by D. M. Larson
Copyright © 1992, 2009 All Rights Reserved*


Time and Place

Late Spring, 1991. Eastern Washington town. The living quarters of a church in a poorer neighborhood.



Scene 1

(The entire play takes place in the living quarters of a church. There is a small kitchen area with a stove, cupboards, counter, and refrigerator UL. All of these things can be implied. The door to outside is L. LC is a set of table and three chairs. Starting R, there are stairs that lead up to a small landing and a door where the bedroom is. DL is a small living room with a sofa. There is a door behind it to the bathroom. Another door, ULC, leads to a chapel) (Late morning. Lights come up on THOMAS in a casual suit standing DR looking out a window. His arms are crossed and he has a drink in one hand. He's lost in thoughts of days lost and an uncertain future. WALTERS, an old widow, who is a loyal church goers enters UR through the door to the chapel.

WALTERS

Pastor Thomas?

THOMAS

(Turns, not trying to hide his drink)

Yes, Mrs. Walters?

WALTERS

I was wondering why the service was cut short today?

THOMAS

It's hot out and we don't have air conditioning. I thought people might like getting out before they died of heat stroke.

WALTERS

You should have called me before the service. I could have brought over some fans.

THOMAS

I didn't want to bother you.

WALTERS

It's no bother, Pastor Thomas. I like to help out whenever I can.

THOMAS

I'll be sure to call next time.

(Pause)

Is there anything else?

WALTERS

I was hoping I could receive communion.

THOMAS

You know I don't like to do communion any more, Mrs. Walters.

WALTERS

You really should. Pastor Mike did communion every Sunday. It was real important to him and very special to the congregation.

THOMAS

I know how important it was to Pastor Mike but it doesn't feel right for me somehow.

WALTERS

I don't see why not?

THOMAS

Could we please not argue about this?

WALTERS

I will until you give me my communion.

THOMAS

(Giving in)

All right, Mrs. Walters. You win. I'll give it to right here, right now, in God's dining-room.

WALTERS

Thank you.

THOMAS

(Goes to kitchen)

You prefer red or white wine?

WALTERS

Don't you have any grape juice?

THOMAS

Sorry. Fresh out. It's wine or nothing. If it's good enough for Jesus, then it's good enough for me.

WALTERS

I'll only take a little sip then.

(THOMAS pours her a glass of wine. She take a kitchen chair and places it center. He gives her the wine)

What will you use for bread?

Thomas returns to kitchen.

THOMAS

(As he searches)

I don't think I have any bread left. I haven't been to the store in awhile. But I think I have some saltine crackers.

WALTERS

They make me thirsty.

THOMAS

Then I'll pour you some more wine.

WALTERS

(Sighs again and kneels at chair)

Never mind. Bring them here.

(THOMAS gives her a cracker)

Well?

THOMAS

What?

WALTERS

Aren't you going to say something?

THOMAS

Sure. Eat, drink, and be merry.

WALTERS

I was hoping for something a little more religious, like a passage from the last supper.


THOMAS

(Frustrated)

All right. (He says the following with difficulty) "Eat and drink in remembrance of me." (She eats and drinks) Don't drink too much now. I might think you like it.

WALTERS

Thank you. I'll see you next Sunday.

THOMAS

Mrs. Walters? Why do you come to my church? You never seem happy with anything I do.

WALTERS

I've come to this church ever since I was a child. I was baptized at this church's altar and married here when I was seventeen. My husband's funeral was here and this is where I intend to have my own.

(Shrugs)

And besides, this is the only church within walking distance of my house and I haven't got a car.

THOMAS

(Laughs)

Mrs. Walters. If you were a few years younger I think I'd be in love.

WALTERS

If you were a few years younger, I'd give you a good spanking.

(Starts for door)


THOMAS

Good-bye, Mrs. Walters.

WALTERS

(Stops)

I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your sermon about the absentee landlord today. What possessed you to use that passage?

THOMAS

I just played Bible roulette and there it was. I always do that when I have trouble thinking up a new sermon.

WALTERS

Why don't you reuse old sermons?

THOMAS

I hate it when pastors do that. I think that's the reason why people never make any progress in this world. They're always preaching the same old sermon and doing the same old things. We still have war and we still have the poor. Women still aren't treated equally and people are still starving. As long as we have these things, I'll preach new sermons until I hit on something that works. Then and only then will I repeat myself. If they won't listen the first time, then won't hear me the second.

WALTERS

Well, your heart's in the right place.

(Turns to go)


THOMAS

Can I offer you a cup of coffee before you go?

WALTERS

No, thank you, Thomas. Good-bye.

END OF SCENE





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