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The Meek Shall Inherit
Copyright © 2002, Jacquelyn Priskorn

Staged reading, 2007 at BoxFest, Planet Ant Theatre.

Synopsis
The Virgin Mary in a nursing home?

Characters
GWEN: female, 60+ (originally played by Margaret Edwartowski)

LOUISE: female, 60+ (originally played by Andaiye Spencer)

DONNA: female, 60+ (originally played by Courtney Burkett)


DONNA
The problem isn't that she talks too much, it's that she talks about the same thing all the time.

ALL
The angel.

DONNA
That stupid angel story.

GWEN
You don't believe her?

DONNA
Not particularly.

LOUISE
Oh, I do. Except that "the angel" was really a guy named "Angelo" and her saint of a husband, Joe bought the story.

DONNA
That Joe was a sweet man. But you'd think he never existed with the way Mary talks about that illegitimate son of hers.

GWEN
She said the angel's name was "Gabriel."

LOUISE
I know. It's all she ever talks about. She should quit living in the past and get down here and play cards.

DONNA
I knew you'd get antsy if you dealt too soon.

GWEN
Maybe she's talking to her boy. Maybe we should go get her 'cause we'll miss dinner if she doesn't stop talking to him.

LOUISE
Talking to him, talking about him, either way I'm looking at her cards.

GWEN
If you look, you'd better do a re-deal, because that's not fair.

DONNA
Please, do a re-deal. I have a handful of crap here.

LOUISE
Me too. Aw, geez. It's like God wants her to win everything!

Louise gathers the cards and begins to shuffle.

DONNA
I don't know. I don't trust that boy of hers. Any man with prettier hair than me just ain't right.

GWEN
I hate to be cruel, Donna, but isn't that a wig you're—Ooo! A jack!

LOUISE
Give me that!

Louise gathers the cards and shuffles again.

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