The Prodigal-Drama Skit

The Prodigal-Drama Skit

Themes: Making mistakes, wrong choices, forgiveness, coming home again, internal conflicts, healing after hurting, learning life's lessons the hard way
Categories: With God, Personal, Family, Sin, Life Situations, Topical, Christian Living 

A serious but touching drama about life after emotional pain.  When Carol moved away from her family and home town, she thought life would be perfect.  But 3 years later she's back, admitting the choices she made along the way weren't necessarily healthy.  She asks for forgiveness and admits she needs help, but is concerned her family gave up on her a long time ago.  When she shows up on the doorstep of her brother, Carol finds the courage to face her past and hopefully, a new future.

Style: Drama

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Characters: 3 (2 Male, 1 Female)
Length: 8-10 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting: A living room.

(Matt is sitting on the couch reading a newspaper when a knock is heard at the door. Matt gets up and opens the door to find his sister, who he hasn't seen in awhile standing in his doorway.)

Matt: Carol?

Carol: Surprise!

Matt: (gives her a hug) How long has it been, three years?

Carol: Something like that, yeah. Can I come in?

Matt: Of course! Have a seat.

(Carol and Matt both sit)

Matt: So, how are you? How have you been? What are doing here?

Carol: (answering his questions one at a time) I'm gonna be fine. Not so good. And I was in the neighborhood.

Matt: Sorry, it's just that I haven't seen my little sister in such a long time. I can't believe you're sitting right here in my living room. It's so great to see you!

Carol: I'm glad to hear you say that. I wasn't so sure how you'd feel about seeing me again after our last conversation. Do you remember?

Matt: (sadly) Yeah, I remember. I'm so sorry about that Carol. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about it, and wish I could take back the things I said. I know how much I must have hurt you.

Carol: You were only trying to protect me..keep me from making the same mistakes, again!

Matt: I tried to call you the next day but your phone was disconnected. I talked to the land lord but he said you and Larry had already moved out and you hadn't left a forwarding address. I had no way to reach you.

Carol: I know. It was stupid Matt...I was so stupid.

Matt: No, that's not what I'm saying. I was just worried about you. I wanted to apologize. I wanted you to know I was here for you, whatever you needed. Instead.

Carol: It wasn't your fault. You were only trying to help me. I know that now. (pause) I wish I would have listened.

Matt: How is Larry?

Carol: I don't know. He left me 4 months after we moved out.

Matt: I'm so sorry Carol.

Carol: Not as sorry as I was when I went to the bank and realized he'd emptied out our savings account.

(Matt looks away and there is a long pause)

Carol: It's okay, you can say it: "I told you so."

Matt:                 I don't want to say it.  I didn't want to be right.  It's just that. 

Carol:                (interrupting) I know, everybody could see it but me.   

Matt:                 (jokingly) The tattoo should have been a big tip off. 

Carol:                (smiles) You mean, not all men have a tattoo that says, .Love the one you're with.? 

Matt:                 None that I know of.  Why didn't you call? 

Carol:                I was too ashamed.  I didn't want you to know you 'd been right all along.