Cleveland O. McLeish THE WAITING ROOM Where eternity begins….

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Cleveland O. McLeish THE WAITING ROOM Where eternity begins…. - page 1
1| Page Cleveland O. McLeish THE WAITING ROOM Where eternity begins…. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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2| Page SYNOPSIS The Waiting Room speaks to five characters: A Backslider, A Sinner, A Prostitute who got saved; A Muslim and a Rastafarian. These are five strangers, who had shared one specific location for only a moment in their earthly lives, but end up waking up in the same room with no idea as to how they got there and where they are. Like a puzzle, the pieces begin to come together when characters begin to see and interact with people from their past who had died. The shock is even more compounded when a Messenger comes on with a bible and tells them they are waiting to meet with Jesus. THE CHARACTERS JANE MARIA KEVIN MICHAEL FAITH BELLA RAFIK MESSENGER PAUL MARLON JESUS | VOICE PASTOR | PREACHER MOMMA JUNIOR SHALOM The Muslim, 27 year old female The Lukewarm Christian, 33 year old female The Rastafarian, 43 year old male The Sinner, 29 year old male The Prostitute who got saved, 38 year old female Maria’s Mother, 60 year old female Jane’s husband, 30 year old male Can be male or female Marlon’s friend, 31 year old male Maria’s boyfriend, 35 year old male 33 year old male 45 year old male (Vibrant & Eccentric) 58 year old female 40 year old ex-Rasta man 30 year old ex-Muslim female www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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3| Page NOTE FROM WRITER I welcome your comments and feedback. Direct all emails to cleveland@christianplaywright.org. It is always a pleasure hearing from you. God bless! www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
Cleveland O. McLeish THE WAITING ROOM Where eternity begins…. - page 4
4| Page FADE IN: ROLL CREDITS: INT. ROADSIDE DINER - DAY A busy diner. Michael sits on a stool by a booth having a drink. Kevin is at the Juke box trying to select a song. He selects a Bob Marley song. Maria and Faith sits at two different tables with back turned having a meal in solitude. Jane enters. She pats her stomach and wears a fearful expression. She goes to a table and sits. Her eyes look on all the faces moving about in the diner and those standing still. For a moment it seems time freezes. Jane looks at her sweating palms, clasp them and closes her eyes…. FADE TO WHITE… Superimpose title: THE WAITING ROOM FADE TO BLACK FADE IN: INT. WAITING ROOM - DAY The walls are white with no doors or windows. There is a table with a chair, a wooden pedestal and four white boxes strong enough to sit on. There is also a very large projector looking screen permanently fixed to the NORTH wall. Five characters lie unconscious…they could be dead, or just sleeping. Michael groans, his fingers twitch as the muscles in his body comes to life, he stirs. VOICE It is appointed unto men once to die, but after that the judgment. Michael shudders at the sound of the voice and begins to get to his feet. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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5| Page MICHAEL Who said that? (He walks around looking at the others lying onstage) What is this place? The other characters begin to stir and sit up. They look at each other confused. KEVIN Jah know star, I feel like I been hit by a truck. (Rubs his head looking around at the others) Where is I? MICHAEL Why am I in the same room with four complete strangers? How did I get here? What is going on? KEVIN If this is not a revolution then it must be a conspiracy cause I should not be sharing the same air as a white man. JANE Who are you people? MICHAEL Who are you and why are you dressed like a terrorist? JANE I am Muslim, not a terrorist. KEVIN Same thing daughter. MARIA What is this place? They begin to stand realizing now they are all dressed in full black, or red and standing in an empty room. Jane wears a hijab. KEVIN Jah know! This is a very strange dream. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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6| Page MICHAEL It doesn’t feel like a dream. KEVIN I grew up and live in a black community. Is only when I dreaming I find myself in the company of other race and class, so…if this is not a dream then I would appreciate somebody telling me what it is. No one has an answer. They begin searching along the walls enclosing the room. They find no opening or means of escape. MICHAEL There is no door….no window. Who would build a room without doors and windows? KEVIN I have a really bad feeling bout this. MICHAEL Why do you talk so weird? JANE He is a Jamaican Rastafarian. They speak with their own dialect. In his case he is using I where there should be me and you. MICHAEL And that makes sense? JANE Rastafarian is a religion just like mine. I did a thesis once on their culture, beliefs and norms. MARIA You are Muslim? JANE Yes. MARIA You were born a Muslim? www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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7| Page JANE No. I grew up in a Christian home but eventually I found the truth. MICHAEL What? That being a terrorist is the way to go. JANE The truth that there is no god like Allah. (Starts to bow her forehead to the ground repeatedly humming an unknown language) MARIA This place is really creeping me out. MICHAEL It’s nothing but a dream. JANE A very strange dream. (Continues to bow and hum) KEVIN: I feel like I was sleeping for a month. MICHAEL: I heard a voice when I was waking up. MARIA What did it say? MICHAEL Something about it is appointed unto men to die once and after that some judgment or the other. MARIA Sounds like a quote from the bible. MICHAEL The what? FAITH Hebrews 9:27. MICHAEL She speaks. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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8| Page MARIA Why would we be hearing a voice quoting scriptures? FAITH Because we are dead. Pause. Everyone begins to laugh except Faith. The laughter continues until BELLA appears. Maria is the first to see her and the first to stop laughing. Maria just stares at her for a beat. BELLA: Maria…my daughter - - is that really you? Maria is too shocked and in tears to respond. MICHAEL: (looks around the room) Where’d you come from? BELLA: I didn’t expect to see you so soon. MARIA: Mom. BELLA: I wish I could stay and talk, but it’s not allowed in this room. Bella walks away. MARIA: Where are you going, Mom? BELLA: All your questions will be answered soon Maria. MARIA: I want to touch you, Mom. Things haven’t been the same since you left. Can I just hug you before you go? BELLA: We are not allowed to touch here either, but I hope we get to talk soon, Maria. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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9| Page Bella vanishes as she exits. JANE: Did she just disappear? KEVIN: Strange things happen in dreams empress. MICHAEL: Who was that? MARIA: My mom. MICHAEL: Well, that’s promising. MARIA: She’s been dead for five years. Silence. KEVIN: Why is I seeing dead people? FAITH: Because we are also dead. KEVIN: I don’t remember being dead and I would want to think that I would remember dying. FAITH: You are not supposed to remember. Psalm 146:4 - When his breath leaves him, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts, plans, and purposes perish. MICHAEL: Lady, you are creeping me out, ok. If I was dead I wouldn’t be standing here, now would I. There is no life after death. When you dead, you just dead. FAITH: My name is Faith, not lady…and there is life after death, whether you want to believe or not. www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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10 | P a g e MICHAEL: Did I ask you for your name or opinion? MARIA: Will you stop being such a dupe? We are all strangers who woke up in an empty room. How about we try to figure this thing out together, and hopefully find a way out of here. KEVIN: Unity is strength is what I believe. MICHAEL: Can you please replace the I with a me? KEVIN: Unity is strength is what me believe. MICHAEL: Ok, that still sounds wrong. Jane senses something on the West wall. JANE: Can you feel that? MARIA: Feel what? JANE: The heat. It’s coming from over there (points to the west wall) They walk over to that side. MARIA: Something is burning behind this wall. MICHAEL: I know how weird this is going to sound, but that smells like human flesh burning. JANE: How would you know what that smells like? www.thewaitingroomplay.com Copyright © 2011 | Cleveland O. McLeish | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tele: 1 (876) 352-2650 | Email: cleveland@thewaitingroomplay.com
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