WILL YOU LISTEN?

(Marcia is standing next to table with coffee cup in hand. Jerry enters stage left. Walks to table, pours coffee)

JERRY:
(With forced cheeriness) Good morning

MARCIA:
(Silence)

JERRY:
(Sarcasm) Oh I slept well thanks, and you?

MARCIA:
(Coldly) What do you want for breakfast?

JERRY:
Oh nothing, please. I'd hate to break this lovely mood.

MARCIA:
Suit yourself.

JERRY:
I just don't understand why you have to stay upset so long. You'd think a good night's sleep would help you get over it.

MARCIA:
Oh I should just get over it huh?

JERRY:
Well yeah! I mean You just want to stay mad when we disagree about…

MARCIA:
So you just see this as a simple disagreement?

JERRY:
Well do you agree with me?

MARCIA:
Of course not!

JERRY:
Well that's simple. (Laughs)

MARCIA:
I don't think it's funny Jerry.

JERRY:
Well I don't understand why you have to hammer me so hard over wanting to make an investment that could improve our lives. We've always said that we want to own our own business. Now when an opportunity arrives, you want to drag your heels.

MONICA:
That's not true and you know it!

JERRY:
You could have fooled me. At what point of our, pardon the term, disagreement did you give me one bit of support here.

MARCIA:
You see! That's what I'm talking about. You don't even listen to me. You haven't heard a word I've said.

JERRY:
So now I get another "You never listen" lecture.

MARCIA:
Well do you?

JERRY:
Yes I listen.

MARCIA:
Then perhaps you'd like to explain to me what this is all about.

JERRY:
It's about you not trusting me to invest part of our savings into a business…

MARCIA:
(Explodes) That is not what it's about! Did you even consider asking my opinion about this?

JERRY:
I think I know your…

MARCIA:
Have you ever once considered that I might have an opinion on how OUR money should be spent?

JERRY:
Well…

MARCIA:
Or that just for once I'd like to feel like you even care how I feel about anything?

JERRY:
I care…

MARCIA:
Could have fooled me. All I ever get is this macho "I'm the head of the house" routine. You make decisions and inform me, then try and act like we've had a discussion about it.

JERRY:
Well you never want to sit and be rational about things, you're so emotional all the time. But since you brought it up, I am the head of the house, and so I'm making a decision.

MARCIA:
Okay, fine, Mister rational head of the house; you've made YOUR decision. Now maybe you should just go to work before I say something we both regret.

JERRY:
Yeah good idea. You can stay here and enjoy your anger. (Exits SL)

MARCIA:
(Begins to respond, then stops and sits at table, trying not to cry. Begins to pray) Oh God, what do I have to do? Why can't he just become more sensitive? I've prayed for him for years, and he just won't change. Lord please help him to understand…

GOD'S VOICE:
Marcia

MARCIA:
Help him to see how I feel.

GOD'S VOICE:
(From offstage) Marcia.

MARCIA:
(Looks around, continues praying) Lord, give me the wisdom to help him change.

GOD'S VOICE:
Marcia, do you really want to hear from Me?

MARCIA:
Lord?

GOD'S VOICE:
Yes Marcia.

MARCIA:
I can't believe I'm hearing you like this. Oh Lord help my husband want to listen to me.

GOD'S VOICE:
Marcia, open my word.

MARCIA:
Yes Lord. (Reaches and takes bible from shelf) You're giving me a scripture passage to show him…

GOD'S VOICE:
My precious child; the changes that your husband needs are between he and I. Between you and I are your changes.

MARCIA:
But he won't listen to me…

GOD'S VOICE:
Will you listen to me?

MARCIA:
Yes Lord.

GOD'S VOICE:
Now, open my word.

MARCIA:
(Looks at Bible) Where?

GOD'S VOICE:
Just open it.

MARCIA:
To the submissive wife part I suppose.

GOD'S VOICE:
Open it and hear from Me.

MARCIA:
(Sighs and opens it)

GOD'S VOICE:
(Matt. 7:3,4) Why do you look at the speck… (Matt. 6:14,15) For if you forgive men… (1Sa. 15:22) To obey… (One option is to let Marcia finish the verse that God starts.)

MARCIA:
(Closes Bible, and eyes.) Yes Lord.

GOD'S VOICE:
Now my child. I will talk to your husband. (Other side of stage Jerry is in "car", praying)

JERRY:
Oh Lord, help my wife be submissive as your Word says. Help her to forgive me when I hurt her. Thank you Lord In Jesus Name Amen. (Turns on Radio hears end of song then lead in to local church's radio ad. This is either pre recorded, or read from off stage.Pastor in ad gives 15-30 second message about loving your wife as Christ loves the Church. About not using "Head of house" to get own way, etc. Jerry comes under conviction, "pulls car over".) Father forgive my pride. And forgive me for how I've treated my wife (dials cell phone.)

MARCIA:
Lord, forgive my anger and my unforgiveness. Thank you for my husband… (Phone rings) Hello? (Fade to black)

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