The Applicants

Theme: Salvation is through faith and not by works. (Romans 4:1-4)

Length: 4 –5 minutes
Characters: 3 males, 2 females
Scene/Props: An office waiting area that consists of two chairs and a coffee table with a few magazines on it and a trash can. You’ll also need a briefcase, PDA, and a cell phone.

Synopsis: Two applicants arrive about the same time for an appointment. One is a work oriented, self-made man and the other a self-less man of faith. Both leave with different account representatives. One goes up and the other goes down.

Excerpt:
(RUSH OVERMAN enters hastily. He’s well dressed in a sharp, business suit and carries a brief case. He sets the briefcase down and glances at his watch. He paces restlessly, finally sits in a chair, and taps his foot impatiently. A SECRETARY enters.)

SECRETARY: Mr. Overman?

(Rush stands and moves toward the secretary, invading her personal body space.)

RUSH: That’s me. Rush Overman.

SECRETARY: (gently pushes him back) We’re running a little behind schedule.
Please make yourself comfortable. An account representative will be with you shortly. Do you need an application?

(Rush pulls papers from his briefcase and walks towards her again.)

RUSH: I already have it completed…along with my resume, three letters of
recommendation, and my portfolio. It was a lot of work, but I believe in being prepared.

SECRETARY: (pushes him back) If you need anything else, let me know.

(As she exits. Rush pulls out his cellular phone and dials.)

TELEPHONE OPERATOR: (V.O.) I’m sorry, the number you have dialed
is not in service at this time. If you think you’ve reached this recording in error, please check the number and try your call again.

(He puts away the phone and resumes pacing. PHILLIP GLASS enters. He carries a sheet of paper, crosses over, and sits in a chair. He begins looking over the paper and realizes he has nothing to write with.)

PHILLIP: Pardon me sir, may I borrow a pen?

RUSH: (tosses a pen) Keep it. Part of a company promo…got millions of them. New at this, huh?

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