“A Day To Remember”
Written by Frederick Passmore
Copyright 2009 Sheep Laughs Publications
Synopsis: Two men, one in the middle of a crisis, and the other about to experience one, discuss the existence and goodness of God. The Christian, although seemingly the loser, witnesses to the other, who seems to be on top of the situation. Not until the very end does it become plain who is the real winner and who is the loser. The surprise ending has a real impact, as they are revealed to have been speaking in the World Trade Center on the morning of 9-11.
Soundtrack key: This is the type of script where your actors deliver their lines and the soundtrack supplies the background music and sound effects as the script calls for them.
Length of play: 8-10 minutes.
Number of cast: 2
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(Note: the ending will retain its surprise ONLY if the context is not mentioned or revealed by any introducing or promoting the skit. Please let everyone involved know that the location and ending must remain unsaid for the skit to be truly effective. Otherwise it will be like showing the Statue of Liberty ending shot in Planet of the Apes in the previews. No surprise then as to where they were all the time!)
MAIN THEME: You can’t judge a situation on the face of it by the obvious results. Only by having faith in the Lord and a relationship with Him can we be certain that all things will work together for our good. Any elevation or victory of an unbeliever over the believer is temporary at best, and will not profit them for long, as the Lord will justify His children and show the ultimate end of those who refuse to listen.
CHARACTERS: Mike – the believer on the way out. Jeff – the sinner on the way up. Note that the gender of either of the characters can be changed according to your actors, all need to do is pencil in the name change and a few details.
PROPS: Two black vinyl folders, the type to carry reports and papers in.
Phone on desk with other business items such as a computer monitor, pen and pencil holder, in and out box, etc.
Personal items: photo in frame of wife and kids, coffee mug, decorative paperweight, etc.
Plastic crate, the stackable type used for storage, or just a cardboard box
COSTUMES: business suits for both characters, or at least a dress shirt and slacks
STAGE: The setting is a business office in a high-rise office building. The desk should be centrally placed, with a chair behind it, with another chair beside it for guests. The stage can be as simple as that, or can be decorated with lamps, a small couch, etc.
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(Script Breakdown. A general description of the script; not all details or scenes are here, but it gives you an overall picture of what it is like.)
The two characters, Mike and Jeff come into the room; Mike seems defeated and sad, Jeff is upbeat and happy. Mike goes to his desk and begins putting his belongings in the box. Jeff sits down casually as they begin to talk. Through the dialog, we learn that Mike, a marketing director for a large company, has been terminated due to his reluctance to run an ad campaign that was not family-friendly. His former co-worker Jeff, who came up with the racy ads, was promoted to his position and given a raise. As Mike packs his few items, he discusses how he feels about losing the position to someone else that has lower standards. Although feeling down about it, as he talks, he begins to find that his faith in God is sustaining him, and he uses the time left to witness to Jeff.
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As he continues to pack his belongings, Mike tells Jeff that perhaps it was all for the best, that with the direction the company was going in, he was no longer the best person for the position. He perks up as he expresses his trust in the Lord and what He has planned for him, sharing that although things seem bad now, he knows the Lord will work everything out for his good. His former colleague, who believes in nothing but getting ahead at all costs, berates Mike for his unrealistic view of what is happening, and life in general.
Mike shares his belief that God is in control of everything, and that only by trusting in Him, through a relationship with Christ, can one had confidence in the future. This too is mocked by Jeff, who trusts only in himself. He expresses doubt that he would go to Hell like much worse sinners and murderers, and that if there is a God, He would take everything into account and let him in. Mike tries to explain that without Jesus, it is that very fact that everything is taken into account that condemns us.
Jeff refuses to let Mike put him on a downer, and steal his happiness at what has happened for him. As he leaves, Mike assures Jeff that he wants him to go to heaven, which the young mane takes as a threat. He brags about his actions that led to Mike’s dismissal, and sees him out with thanks for the sermon. He then sits down, put his feet up on the desk that now belongs to him, and calls a co-worker to share his good news. As they plan to meet later to celebrate, we find out that it is the morning of September 11, 2001, and that he is on one of the higher floors of the first tower that is destined to fall within hours.
Read some of the testimonials about the script from just a few of the many users:
The Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Orangeburg , SC did your skit, “A Day to Remember” on September 12.
At my church I usually do the funny skits, so when I and my skit partner came out the congregation was prepared for something hilarious. When we got finished with the skit, you could hear a pin drop. Everyone was shocked, not that we just did a serious skit, but that it was a skit about 9/11 and that the Jeff character could possibly die without knowing Jesus. We got a lot of compliments on how well we performed the skit, but we had a lot more to talk about the skit itself. I had a lot people to tell me that the skit made them think about their own spiritual lives and reflect on 9/11. Again, another one of your skits performed by me and again the outcome of this skit and the others is just awesome. I love your skits and I plan on performing more in the future. God bless you and your ministry.
We are doing “A Day To Remember” on Sept. 5, at Starratt Road Christian Church, Jacksonville, Florida. Thank you for the wonderful, impactful scripts you have provided on this site!! Our drama team is just getting started and I appreciate the help you’ve given us!! Thanks!!
We have had such a positive response to our performances of your script, “A Day To Remember.” Sometimes it’s difficult to read an audience at the end; especially with such a surprising one. But after the meeting breaks up, we get so many people telling us how powerful it was. I want to thank you again for you work in Christian drama. I’m sure we will be using more of you work in the future. Our drama team is growing and the leadership here is starting to realize how useful drama can be for the furtherance of the Gospel. Keep up the good work!
Yours in Him,
Hi Fred –
We performed the skit “A Day To Remember” last Saturday at our Mother-Daughter banquet and it was a great success. It was wonderful!
When I first found the script for “A Day To Remember,” I was so moved and could not shake it! I was searching for a script with some meat for our Mother Daughter banquet – the theme was baskets of blessings. Our focus was for the audience to recognize God’s blessings – not just the obvious but that God blesses us even when we fail to recognize it. This skit was perfect. Since we used the skit for a Mother Daughter Banquet, we changed the characters to be two women.
Usually a light and fluffy night, this banquet was moving, in large part due to your skit. I have heard nothing but positive comments. Thank you for sharing it.
Graham Road Baptist Church
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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