John Cosper, Jr.
|Synopsis: Based on the parable of the sower, this play tells the story of four teenagers (representing the four seeds) and the paths their lives took after encountering Christ. Their stories are linked together by a hapless pizza boy making his nightly runs, and includes a great spoof the typical "cheesy" youth musical. The play not only illustrates the ways Christians fall away, but offers a message of hope, and of starting over even when you've failed. In the following Scene, Greg (the pizza boy, aka "Wedge") arrives at the home of his life long crush, Tricia. Tricia is working on a school project with her friends Dawn and Heidi, has just lost her boyfriend and is feeling quite lost in her life direction; she is the seed among thorns, strangled by the worries of life...|
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The Pizza Boy
Based on the parable of the sower, this play tells the story of four teenagers (representing the four seeds) and the paths their lives took after encountering Christ. Their stories are linked together by a hapless pizza boy making his nightly runs, and includes a great spoof the typical "cheesy" youth musical. The play not only illustrates the ways Christians fall away, but offers a message of hope, and of starting over even when you've failed. In the following Scene, Greg (the pizza boy, aka "Wedge") arrives at the home of his life long crush, Tricia. Tricia is working on a school project with her friends Dawn and Heidi, has just lost her boyfriend and is feeling quite lost in her life direction; she is the seed among thorns, strangled by the worries of life...
(The doorbell rings.)
Dawn About time! Pizza!
Heidi I hope so.
Tricia (off) Is that the pizza guy?
Heidi I hope so!
(Dawn enters with Greg, carrying a pizza.)
Greg Hi, Heidi.
Heidi Hey, Wedge.
Dawn Pizza’s Nine fifty-eight. How much money you got?
Heidi Three bucks.
Dawn I’ve got five. We need at least three more for tip. (calls off) Trish!
Tricia (off) Yeah?
Dawn How much cash you got?
Tricia How much you need?
Dawn Three bucks.
Heidi Busy night, Wedge?
Greg Not too bad.
Dawn They did put the pepperoni on in the shape of a smiley face, right?
Greg I don’t know, I didn’t--
(Tricia walks in; Greg sees her and mumbles incoherently.)
Greg Loo-hmmm,ugh, bmlphrrrt.
Greg Uhhh, iii---t, ummmm, ohh, I, uh...
Tricia Hey, Greg.
Tricia (pulls out her money) Three bucks.
Heidi (pulls her money out) Six.
Dawn (pulls her money out) And five makes eleven. Keep the change.
Greg Th-th-th-th-th-th (swallows) thanks.
Dawn (giving him a weird look) Are you okay?
Tricia Would you like to sit down a minute?
Greg (nods, shyly) Uh...huh.
(Tricia sits Greg down. Dawn sets the pizza on the table. Heidi grabs a piece and starts to eat.)
Tricia There you go.
Heidi Hey! We’ve got a guy here. Why don’t we read through the script, see if it’s okay?
Tricia Is that okay with you?
Heidi Which one of you wants to read the other part?
(Heidi and Tricia look at Dawn. Dawn shoves an entire slice of pizza in her mouth.)
Dawn (mouth full) [Don’t look at me. My mouth is full.]
Heidi Gosh, pig! Do you know how many points is in that?
Tricia Ignore her. She’s a weight watcher. Hand me the script, Heidi.
(Heidi hands Tricia and Greg the scripts.)
Heidi I’ll read the stage directions.
Tricia Go for it.
Heidi "Beth and Tommy are girlfriend and boyfriend."
(Greg gulps audibly. Tricia pauses for a moment, then continues.)
Heidi "The stage is set up with a couch, coffee table, and chair. A dead Bonsai tree sits on the coffee table."
Dawn (to Heidi) Dead Bonsai tree on the table?
Heidi It can happen! "Sound effect of a doorbell. Beth enters, dressed to go out, putting her earrings in."
Tricia "Come in!"
Heidi "Tommy enters."
Greg "Hi, Beth."
Tricia "Hi, Tommy."
Greg "You look gorgeous."
Tricia "Thanks. How have you been?"
Greg "About the same as your Bonsai tree."
Tricia "It’s looking bad, isn’t it? I’m probably gonna have to throw it out."
Tricia "Tommy! I was just on my way out."
Greg "Where you headed?"
Tricia "Lisa and I were going to a movies. What are you up to?"
Greg "Actually, I was gonna go ice skating."
Tricia "Oooh, that sounds like fun."
Greg "I know. You mentioned that when we planned our date two days ago."
Tricia (pause) "Was that tonight?"
Greg "This afternoon, actually. We were supposed to meet at the mall for lunch after you got off work."
Tricia "Oh my gosh, it completely slipped my mind. Kevin’s birthday’s tomorrow, and I promised Lisa I’d help her pick out his present. We got him that new Tommy Hilfiger cologne. Have you seen it yet?"
Greg "Did you even listen to what I said?"
Tricia "You wanted to know about my day, right?"
Greg "No. I was talking about my day."
Tricia "I’m sorry. How was your day?"
Greg "My day was a waste."
Tricia "I’m so sorry."
Greg Aren’t you going to ask why?"
Tricia "Do you want me to?"
Greg "My day was a waste because I spent it at the mall waiting for you."
Tricia "Look, something came up, okay? Lisa needed my help. She’s my best friend. What was I supposed to say?"
Greg "I’m your boyfriend."
Greg "Shouldn’t you be spending at least a little time with me?"
Tricia "Is that what this is about? You know I’d rather be with you."
Greg "Are you sure about that?"
Tricia "What is this? It sounds like you’re jealous of Lisa or something."
Greg "Try some things. Many things."
Tricia "Like what?"
Greg "Remember that time I took you to see Sound of Music?"
Greg "Of course you don’t. You went to a volleyball clinic that weekend."
Tricia "You know, considering the fact that I plan to go to college on a volleyball scholarship, I think that’s just a little more important than your little play."
Greg "What about the day we were going to go to King’s Island?"
Tricia "SAT workshop. Again, education before pleasure."
Greg "How about the night you were going to go with me and my family to the Jefferson Club for dinner? Where were you that night?"
Tricia "Tell me."
Greg "A frat party at U of L. Are you telling me that was education before pleasure?"
Tricia "Look, you don’t rule my life, okay? You’re not the boss of me!"
Greg "You don’t think I know that? I’m not the anything of your life!"
Tricia "Greg, you’re the most important person in the world to me. Who’s the one who’s always there to cheer me on? Who’s the guy who’s always there with a shoulder I can cry on? Who’s always there for me when I need someone?"
Greg "Who’s always there for me?"
Heidi "Tommy walks to the couch and sits down with the Bonsai tree right in front of him."
Greg "I remember a time about a year ago. We were at a concert at the park. We didn’t go together, but through mutual friends,
we ran into each other that night. Do you remember?"
Tricia "I remember."
Greg "I’d known about you for a long time. I begged your friends to introduce me. That night was like a dream come true."
Tricia "It was for me, too. Love at first sight."
Greg "Yeah. I thought so, too. I remembered that first night we talked on the phone. I was watching The Karate Kid on TBS,
and you said how you’d always wanted a Bonsai tree after you’d seen that movie. So I went out and bought you one."
Tricia "You gave it to me on our first date. It was so lovely."
Greg "Now look. Withered, fragile. Beyond repair, isn’t it?"
Tricia "You really think so?"
Greg "It’s been neglected. You have to water it, prune it. It needs daily attention if it’s going to thrive."
Dawn (to Heidi) Nice symbolism!
Tricia (off script - not acting) Daily time and attention. How did I let this happen? When I first met you, it was like a dream come true! I mean, I couldn’t believe how amazing you were. I wanted to spend every minute with you. Every spare minute, I was with you, talking, reading your word. We sort of had our own little group going with the other people you met that night, remember? The four of us. Then things fell apart. Briana and Nathan sort of drifted away. I swore that wouldn’t happen with me. But now... God, where did it go? Was it you or me? (sits on the edge of the couch) I guess, I just got busy. School started again, I was taking SAT workshops, visiting colleges, taking tests, interviewing for scholarships, not to mention studying for classes and rehearsing every day after school. (pause) I run all day at school, all afternoon at practice, all night with Keith. When I get home I’m so exhausted, all I want to do is sleep. I make time for everyone and everything except you. (sits back) We were so close once. You were everything to me. Then one day we stopped talking- I, stopped talking. I left you behind. Now... now there’s nothing left. Just like the Bonsai tree.
Greg Does she have a page of the script I don’t?
Heidi I didn’t write that.
Dawn Who cares? It was better than what you wrote.
Heidi Sure was.
Dawn Do you think you can remember all that?
Heidi I can, if I get to work now.
Dawn Now? What about Thunderdome?
Heidi It won’t take five minutes. Come on, bring the pizza.
Dawn Be back, Trish. Bye, Wedge.
Heidi Thanks for the help, Wedge.
(Dawn and Heidi exit with the pizza. Tricia puts her head in her hands, pauses, looks up.)
Tricia You’d better get going.
Greg Are you going to be okay?
(Greg stands to leave.)
Tricia Is there... do you have anything... anyone special in your life?
Greg (hesitates, then) Yeah. Yes I do.
Tricia I mean truly special. Someone that makes you feel complete.
Tricia Someone you love?
(Greg nods, slower, more shy.)
Tricia Greg... don’t ever let them go. Don’t give up on them. ‘Cause one day... you’re gonna be very lonely without them.
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