The Rescue (Skit)

Adapted and written by Corey Bossom

Based on the gospel tract “The Rescue” by Ron Wheeler

[simple static set up - Props – 2 chairs positioned downstage and full front - 5 feet left and right of center stage.] 

[more visual set-up – Props – 2 office chairs, 2 desks, small fire extinguisher, misc. items for desks, coffee cups]

Cast:

PERRY – realizes the building is on fire and is trying to get everyone out safely, evacuated to the roof.  Straight forward kind of guy, practical.

DOUG – the focused workaholic who doesn’t have time for this, get on board or get out.

CHUCK- the office bully who is out to keep people safe from themselves and office bullies.  (:

GINNY - the one who panics, or is afraid, the ‘we’re all going to die’ attitude.

KEN – the guy who has all the answers and can accomplish anything.

DAN – the philosophical guy, everything just need to be talked out and explained.

[Perry is sitting at a desk. He smells something, and then walks over to the window and looks down]

PERRY

The whole building’s on fire!  We’re going to be engulfed in flames!  I got to warn everyone!

[PERRY scrambles out of his office and does the panicked look upstage and downstage looking to warn people.  He proceeds across center stage into DOUG’S office]

PERRY

Doug!  Doug!  The building’s on fire!

DOUG

Hey Perry, would you mind looking over this report for me? It’s due tomorrow and…

[PERRY cutting DOUG off]

PERRY

You don’t understand Doug, the building is on fire and it’s working its way up; we’ll be engulfed in flames any minute!

[DOUG only wants to hear ‘Yes’ from PERRY, and he assumes that’s what PERRY is going to answer]

DOUG

Yeah, that’s great. So If I could you let me know what you think about this report by, let’s say, lunch?  Appreciate it!

PERRY

Their sending helicopters to the roof to evacuate us, we need…

[DOUG is trying to get PERRY focused on what he is doing and cut PERRY off again]

DOUG

[looking directly at PERRY just short of annoyed] Look Perry, I’ve got more important things to deal with right now, you can either help me with this report, or I’ll find someone else’s.

[CHUCK is played as an imaginary character that everyone ‘sees’ as big and very intimidating.  So when a character interacts with Chuck its always looking ‘up’]

CHUCK

Is there a problem here?!

[PERRY looking up little intimidated, but then recovers his focus ]

PERRY

[calm in submission voice] Oh hey chuck!  [recovering] We’ve got to get out!  The building’s on fire!

CHUCK

[matter-o-factly, almost as if counting his points made off his fingers]  Fire huh?  Well, I don’t notice any fire.  I don’t smell anything.  I do notice, that you’re trying to get people worked up.  Do you like frightening people Perry?  Are you one of those office bullies we hear about?

PERRY

You don’t understand the fire is real!  It’s….

CHUCK

[bully coming out] No you don’t understand!  You just need to keep your mouth shut, your scaring people for no reason Perry!   Just stop it, nobody wants to hear about!  I’m going to find the boss; he’ll take care of this!

[GINNY will ‘appear’ in PERRY’S chair, that will become her office as the skit continues.  GINNY is sitting at a desk listening to them]

GINNY

[half focused on work in front of her and calling out the door] What’s going on guys, what’s all the fuss?

[PERRY starts the conversation but turns his back to scan up and down the hall to look to warn more people.  Ginny half screams/ whimpers, throws her papers in the air, and dives under her desk.]

PERRY

[Perry with conviction] GINNY there is a fire!, a helicopter has been sent to the roof to rescue us!  Let’s go…Ginny?!!  [looking around]

GINNY

F-f-fire?  I never expected to die this way…

PERRY

Nobody has to die this way, especially you.  Listen, we can be rescued; we just need to get to the roof!

[GINNY isn’t listening to PERRY]

[GINNY starts crying, and KEN comes in to the room carrying a fire extinguisher]

KEN

Where’s this so called fire? I can take care of it!  Be prepared!  That’s my motto!

PERRY

Ken!  Great help me get Ginny … [stopping to look at Ken – Ken is pretending using the extinguisher then pausing to take imaginary congratulations] 

KEN

[noticing PERRY looking at him] I can do anything I set my mind to.  [said matter-of-factly] I’ve grown up learning how to take care of myself AND I’m – not – changing now, just because of some little ole fire!  I’ll take care of this!

PERRY

You don’t understand Ken, the fire’s too big, and you can’t put it out with that!  It’s spreading up the lower..

[KEN’S last line is said as he exits stage right; DAN enters stage left]

KEN

Be right back, you can thank me later!

PERRY

Why is this so hard?

DAN

Did you say something about a “big fire”?

PERRY

Yeah

DAN

Hm, define “big”

PERRY

What?

DAN

Define how big the fire is

PERRY

It’s huge!  It’s probably taken at least ten floors by now!

DAN

Yeah, now can you define “fire” for me?

PERRY

What?!

[DAN puts his arm around PERRY]

DAN

You seem stressed, let’s sit down and discuss this over coffee.

PERRY

Good idea!  Run down to the lobby coffee shop, my treat, and get us some coffee!

DAN

I’m on it!

[Everyone lines up center stage, down stage, full front, there’s a space for CHUCK, KEN still has a fire extinguisher, Jinny is looking ‘doomed’ and DAN is holding two coffee mugs as PERRY continues]

PERRY

This all might seem a little crazy…many people react the same way to the great danger of another fire… the Eternal Fires of Hell Some people are too busy to notice

DOUG

Could we hurry, that report is still due tomorrow, I don’t have time for this!

PERRY

Others are too offended

CHUCK

You’re nothing but a trouble maker!  You just like to get everyone worried and upset!

PERRY

Still others have resigned themselves to eternal judgment

GINNY

We’re doomed!

PERRY

While others think they can avoid it by their own efforts

KEN

I’m ready for this, there’s nothing I can’t face and nothing I can’t handle!

PERRY

And yet others are willing to analyze the issue, but put off doing anything about it

DAN

When you said ‘coffee’ did you mean…?  Regular or Decaf, Cream or straight up, sugar, or maybe one of those artificial sweeteners, you’re going to have to be much more clear.

PERRY

But the Bible makes it clear that eternal hell awaits everyone who has not responded to God’s plan of salvation.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  9  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

But God doesn’t want us to be doomed to hell,

2 Peter 3:9b He (the Lord) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Out of His great love for us, He sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, and then conquer death with His resurrection from the grave.  God wants us to place our total trust in Him now so we can escape suffering the eternal consequences for our sin and be with Him.

John 3:16-18  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

[Perry Pointing across the crowd]

Do you know if you’ll escape from the fire?  Place your trust in Jesus now and you will live with Him forever.

[Prayer]

Dear God, thank you for allowing your son to die for my sins, I now turn from living my life my own way and place my trust in Jesus to be my Savior… Saving me from the eternal fire of hell and giving me eternal life with you.  Amen.

possible added comedy

Added Comedy, Add On 1 – [beginning/ opener]

[PERRY arrives at work for the start of a new day and looks around checking to see that the coast is clear.  He then gets a big smile on his face and pretends to hit the ‘play’ button on, to the Mandesa Song ‘Good Morning’ (which starts about midway – the upbeat part) and Perry dances around about 10 seconds before being caught by GINNY.]

[the skit starts]

Added Comedy, Add On 2 – [Chuck and the banana]

PERRY

Oh hey chuck.  [pause and look as if you are trying to determine what is on the side of Chucks face.]  Were you eating a banana earlier?

CHUCK

Yeah, so?!

PERRY

Think you missed a little piece there next to you mouth.

[PERRY & DOUG watch something fall and roll to the ground.

[DOUG picks up a huge remaining part of a banana]

DOUG

I think this is yours [holding up the piece to him].  [intimidated] Or maybe I can just through this away.

[Skit continues with PERRY snapping out of their conversation and back into reality]

PERRY

We’ve got to get out!  The buildings on fire! …. (see rest of skit)