Okay, so I just finished the final draft for an assignment, so I thought I’d Post the entire final draft here for anyone who wants to read it. As usual do not copy my work without my express written permission, or I will hunt you down and sue the $#!+ Out of you. Enjoy! P.S. sorry for the lack of spacing between the lines. WordPress won’t let me properly format my play for some reason.
The Faithless Pianist
By Kat Smith
Two men walk into a church late at night, one is a priest, the other is thin ragged and bruised. The
two men are arguing.
Father David: (Yelling.) “Well, if you won’t tell me what happened then I can not help you!”
Daniel: (Yelling.) “You can’t help me, I am quite beyond your help or anyone’s help, for that matter!”
Father David: (Quietly.) “No one is beyond God’s help.”
Daniel: (Yelling.) “God! If there is a God he does not hear me, or he does not care! Maybe there is no
Father David: (Quietly.) “I know you don’t mean that.”
Daniel: (Yelling.) “But I do! How could god let this all happen? How could I feel so alone if God is with
Father David: (Quietly.) “Sit down and talk to me.” (Gestures to an empty pew.)
Daniel: (Turns around and goes into a confessional booth.)Father David: (Sighs loudly and goes into the confessional booth.)
Daniel: (Exasperated.) “Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been three months since my last
confession. I have lost my faith in God, or rather I have lost all faith in a merciful God for if he exists he
must not care about what happens to me.”
Father David: (Frustrated.) “Tell me how this came about my child.”
Daniel: (Resigned.) “I first began to feel this way when I was twenty-two. I fell on icy steps outside my
dorm room and broke my right forearm and several ribs in the night of what was supposed to be my big
break. I was supposed to preform my first major concert on Christmas eve. But I never made it there,
instead I spent the night n the emergency room. I blamed myself for not being more careful. I thought
that maybe there was something I could have done. Later that night when my parents showed up at the
hospital, they met my boyfriend Steven in the waiting room. They didn’t know I was gay before that
night. They disowned me before I was discharged from the hospital. I haven’t spoken to either of them
since that night. Later that winter Steven was in a car accident. He didn’t make it. I tried to move on I
suppose. I stayed in our dorm until school ended, then I got a little black lab puppy from the shelter, I
named him Trevor. Well, Trevor ran away and when I found him he was staying with this little girl. I just
couldn’t bear to hurt this little kid, so I left him with her. I’ve been alone since then. I had been playing
for tips in a little dive bar, until about three months ago. I went in to set up and found the fire
department putting out what was left of the building. After that I couldn’t seem to find another job so, I
got evicted from my apartment for not paying the rent. That was about two months ago. I haven’t been
coming here for about three months now. I’ve been sleeping under an overpass. Then tonight you found
me somehow and drug me in here.”
Father David: (Serious.) God father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his son has
reconciled the world to himself and sent the holy spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the
Ministry of the church may God give you pardon and peace and absolve you from your sins in the name
of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen.”
Daniel: (Suddenly anxious.) “Amen!”
Father David: (Authoritative.) “Now! As for your current problem, you can stay here, I’ll talk to the
others, it won’t be much but it’s a place to sleep and I can bring you food.”Daniel: (Confused.) “Why would you do that?”
Father David: (As though he were explaining something to a small child.) “Because it is the right thing to
do, because I am a priest, because we are friends and because I have known you since second grade!”
Daniel: (Angry.) “I’m not a charity case!”
Father David: (Frustrated.) “Fine! Then work it off! We need a pianist for the Christmas season anyway.”
Daniel: (Stubborn.) “Fine!”
Father David: (Smug.) “Good! Now then, There’s and empty storage closet you can stay in for now and
I’ll get you a pillow and blanket from the youth ministry room.”
~ Act Two ~
A darkened church, the only light is the yellow flickering from the candles near the altar. It is the
night before Christmas eve. The night before the Christmas concert. Daniel sits at the piano rehearsing
alone in the dark. Music fills the air as he plays Anno Domine. Suddenly A figure appears leaning over
Daniel: (Looks up at the figure and stops playing, nearly falls off the bench in shock, quietly as though in
Steven: (Softly) “Hi, Danny.”
Daniel: (Shocked.) “H, h, how are you here?”
Steven: (Amused.) “Oh, I am just trying to figure out why you are here.”Daniel: (Confused.) “Why I am here? You are trying to figure out why I am here? You are dead! You
Steven: (Laughing.) “Why are you stating the obvious Danny?”
Daniel: (Confused.) “You are dead. Why are you here? How are you here?”
Steven: (Frustrated.) “I am dead, yes. You however are not. Not yet anyway. You are not living. So, here
you are, surviving only because someone else would not let you die. I am here because you have lost
Daniel: (Sadly.) “I, I want to join you Steve.”
Steven: (Angry.) “No. Absolutely not. Not yet. It is not your time yet Danny.”
Daniel: (Upset.) “What? Why not? Why can I not come with you? Why are you here if not to take me
Steven: (Frustrated.) “I just told you! You have lost your way! You stopped living, you act as though you
are under a death sentence, it is as though you have given up!”
Daniel: (Angry.) “I have given up! I lost my dream and then I lost you! I have nothing left! There is no
point! (Softer) There is no point.”
Steven: (Sadly.) “There is always a point. Everything happens for a reason. Danny you must know that by
Daniel: (Confused.) “How can you say that? You died, I lost you! There was no reason for it! It was a car
accident for God’s sake! An accident! There is no greater meaning there!”Steven: (Softly.) “No Danny, there is a reason for everything. That night I didn’t drive into the light pole
just because the road was icy. There was a girl in the road. She was running across the street holding a
baby. I swerved and skidded on the ice and hit the pole to avoid hitting her and the baby. I ended up
sacrificing my life to save two more.”
Daniel: (Stunned.) “You died saving a woman and a baby?” (Confused.) “But I never heard anything
about them.” (Angry.) “She just kept running and left you to die?”
Steven: (Softly.) “No Danny, she was taking the baby to the hospital. Her car went off of a bridge earlier
that night and the baby could barley breath. The next day she died of her injuries, but the child
Daniel: (Astonished.) “So, you both died to save a baby.”
Steven: (Smiling.) “Yes Danny, and that little baby girl is still alive today because of what happened that
Daniel: (Looking down at the keys.) “But why is this child so important?” (Long pause. Looks up from the
keys.) “Steve?” (Looking around panicked.) “Steven?!” (Gets up and looks around.) “Steven?!”
Daniel’s mother: (Softly standing in front of the piano.) “He is gone Danny.”
Daniel: (Turns around, shocked.) “Mother?!”
Daniel’s mother: (Smiling and nodding.) “I am here Danny.”
Daniel: (Confused.) “No, no, this is not possible! I must be losing my mind! You are not dead! You are not
speaking to me! You disowned me along with dad! Oh, God, I’m Hallucinating!” (Grabs his head.)
Daniel’s mother: (Sadly.) “Danny, I had a stoke last year and died. I did not disown you, that was all your
father and you are not crazy… (Looks him up and down.) Well, you are not hallucinating at least.”Daniel: (Confused.) “What? What are you- What?!”
Daniel’s mother: (Laughing.) “Oh Danny, I just wanted to tell you that I always loved you and whether
you know it or not I have always tried to take care of you.”
Daniel: (Shaking his head.) “Nothing about this night has made any sense!”
Daniel’s mother: (softly.) “Do not worry Danny, by dawn everything will make sense.”
Daniel: (Sitting back down at the piano, sadly.) “Mother, Steven said It is not my time. So, then what is to
happen tonight?” (Looks up and gasps in shock.)
Woman in red: (Sitting on the piano in a red dress with her arms crossed, Sternly.) “Tonight, you learn
about the consequences of your actions.”
Daniel: (Surprised.) “Who are you?”
Woman in red: (Scoffs, annoyed.) “You do not even remember me, do you?”
Daniel: (Confused.) “I am sorry, but I do to know who you are.”
Women in red: (Making up her mind.) “Okay, do you remember last year when a woman in a red dress
asked you for directions? She was lost in a city she had never been too and could not find her way to her
sister’s wedding. You were walking somewhere, and she asked you for help. Remember that?”
Daniel: (Thinking back.) “Yes… I remember I was running late for work and I was rude. But why are you
Woman in red: (Bitter.) “You said ‘Hell if I know! Go buy a map!’ and just walked off. Well guess what I
walked up an alley to try and find a store to do just that or at least someone more helpful then you, and
I got jumped by six guys. I was raped and murdered. I never made it to my sister’s wedding. I Died! All
because you couldn’t be bothered to help me.”Daniel: (Horrified.) “No, no this cannot be!”
Woman in red: (Sadly.) “Oh, but it is.” (Jumps off the piano and walks down the hall.)
Daniel: (Stands up and takes a few steps in the direction she went, panicked.) “Wait! Come back! I am
Death: (A black cloaked figure with large black wings a top hat, and a scull for a face carrying a Scythe
sits down on the piano bench, casually) “Have a seat, play with me.”
Daniel: (Quickly turns around and then takes a step back and gasps, terrified.) “My God! You, You, are
you really, are you?”
Death: (Cutting Daniel off, bored.) “Death? Obviously. Any more stupid questions?”
Daniel: (Stunned.) “What?”
Death: (Sighs, bored.) “Yes, like that. ‘What? Are you Death? Have you come for my soul? Can I make a
deal? Why now? Am I dreaming? Is this a nightmare?’ It goes on and on and on! So, what will yours be?”
Daniel: (Shocked.) “Um, well Steven said it is not my time and my mother said I will understand by dawn,
so… Why are you here?”
Death: (Impressed.) “Not bad kid, not bad. I am here because you invited me.”
Daniel: (Confused.) “What? I, I, How?”
Death: (Bored, tapping the keys one by one.) “You wanted to die, you tried to let yourself die, you let
someone else die, you just found out your mother died, you saw your dead boyfriend, and found out
you’re almost a murderer. I figure right about now you will be throwing yourself at me. (Tips his hat.)Daniel: (Shaking his head.) “I am not suicidal.”
Death: (Laughing.) “Oh really? Since when? Last week you were dying in a ditch! A few moments ago,
you were begging Steven to take you with him! But, now that I am here you do not want to die? Why
Daniel: (Stunned.) “What?”
Death: (Bored and back to tapping keys.) “Why do you suddenly want to live so badly?”
Daniel: (Thinking.) “I want to make it to dawn to find out what I am supposed to understand, and I want
to play this piano (Touches piano.) Tomorrow night.”
Death: (Nods and gets up, walks up to Daniel, Puts his hands-on Daniels shoulders.) “Then start acting
like it!” (Shoves Daniel to the ground.)
Daniel: (Looks up, gasps and stared in wonder.)
Angel: “Take my hand.”
Daniel: (Takes the angels hand.)
Angel: (Helps Daniel up.) “Have faith Daniel.”
Daniel: (Blinded by a bright flash of light, covers his eyes. Runs his hands thought his hair, shakes his
head and turns around to go back to the piano and stops short, cautiously) “And who might you be?”
Fate: (Sitting on the piano bench turning the pages, turns around and smiles holding out her hand.) “I’m
Fate.”Daniel: (Shakes her hand, cautiously.) “Hi, so what is it you are here to tell me?”
Fate: (Laughs.) “Ah you finally figured out how this works then? Why you have so many visitors
Daniel: (Nodding.) “It is the anniversary of when I fell and once again the night before a show and you all
seem to be here to help me understand something, which must mean it is something terribly
Fate: (Laughs again, nodding.) “Yes, and what have you learned so far?”
Daniel: (Thinking.) “Everything happens for a reason. My actions have consequences beyond my
understanding. I am supposed to have faith.”
Fate: (Clapping.) “Very good!”
Daniel: (looking her up and down.) “So then why are you here?”
Fate: (Laughing.) “Daniel, I am always here.”
Daniel: (Nodding.) “Right.”
Wisdom: (Walking in from the hall.) “Fate is there not an earthquake you are meant to be at right this
Fate: (Turning to face Wisdom.) “Oh yes, I must be off. Oh, Daniel this is wisdom.” (Runs down the hall.)
Daniel: (Sighs.) “It has been a very long night.”
Wisdom: (Walking over to him.) “This night is not yet over.”Daniel: (Tired.) “I realize that.”
Wisdom: (Nodding.) “So, tell me son, what will you do when this night is gone?”
Daniel: (Takes a deep breath.) “I am going to perform the concert and thank Father David for all of his
help. Then I am going to find a new job and get back on my feet and get a house and move on. I am also
going to find out about my mother and that little girl.”
Wisdom: (Smiling.) “It is as you have said.” (Pat’s Daniel on the shoulder and walks back down the hall.)
Daniel: (Sits down at the piano and reads the title of the song fate turned the page to.) “Gloria in excelsis
dayo.” (Sunlight comes through a window and hits the page. Daniel turns around and looks towards the
The church, Christmas eve morning. Decorated for Christmas. A crowd sits staring at a piano.
Daniel walks out wearing a suit and bows as the crowd applauds. He takes a seat at the piano.
Daniel: (Goes on to play Gloria in excelsis dayo, we three kings, the first Noel, away in a manger, silver
bells, silent night, jingle bells, and we wish you a merry Christmas. Finally he stands up and bows, to a
standing ovation. He starts to pass father David on his way off the stage, until father David stops him by
grabbing his arm.)
Father David: (Smiling.) Hang around, I have a surprise or too planned for you.
Daniel: (suspiciously.) Okay… (Shrugs.)
Father David gives a sermon about the spirit of Christmas, the first Christmas and the reason for the
season. The choir takes the stage. They sing O little town of Bethlehem. After the show Daniel is loitering
by a table filled with cookies, when father David suddenly walks up to him carrying a puppy.
Father David: (Smiling.) Merry Christmas Daniel! (Hands him the puppy.)
Daniel: (Drops his cookie in his hurry to take the puppy.) You bought me a puppy? (Happy but confused.)
Father David: (Laughing.) Well, to be exact I bought you one of Trevor’s puppies.
Daniel: (Stunned.) Trevor? But- how?
Father David: I found the girl to whom you gave Trevor, and as it happens he had recently had puppies
with her best friend’s dog.Daniel: (stammering.) Thank you! Thank you so much!
Father David: (beaming.) I am not done yet Danny boy!
Daniel: (Jaw drops and raises eyebrows.)
Father David: ( motion for someone to come over from the crowd.)
Two come over to Father David and Daniel smiling.
Father David: (Smiling.) Daniel, this is Erik and Alexi. Gentleman, this is the pianist I was talking to you
about. By the way Daniel, you will need to name him. Excuse me gentleman. (Walks away.)
Alexi: (smiling and blushing slightly.) Hello, I am Alexi, oh, and this is my business partner Erik. We run a
music production company, and Father David called in a favor, to have us come and listen to you play,
Erik: (Smiling.) Yes, and we rather enjoyed your performance today. Do you, by any chance, compose as
Daniel: (In shock.) Y-yes, I do! Thank you, very much!
Alexi: (Excited.) Excellent! You will be perfect! We would like to offer you a contract immediately!
Erik: (Playfully.) Well, what? Are you not even going to consult me on this one? (Laughs.)
Alexi: (Smiling shyly.) I will take him on solo if I have to.
Erik: (Under his breath.) You mean if you get half a chance.
Alexi: (Talking over Erik.) As a matter of fact I would very much like to take point on this one!
Daniel: (Overwhelmed.) Wow! Yes! Of course! (Smiles directly at Alexi.)
Father David: (Smug, walking back over to them.) How is everything going gentlemen?
Erik: Wonderful! Here is our card for Daniel, since he seems to have his hands full at the moment. Call us
and set up a time to come in and sign a contract, and we will be in business.
Daniel: Thank you! I’ll call the day after Christmas!
Erik and Alexi turn to go, then Alexi comes back.
Alexi: (Nervously.) Daniel, do you have any plans for Christmas?
Daniel: (Embarrassed.) Uh, not as such, no. Not unless there’s something else the good father has
planned, that is. (Raises his eyebrows at Father David.)
Father David: (Shakes his head and laughs.)
Alexi: (Shyly.) In that case, would you be interested in having Christmas dinner with me? Just the two of
us? And your new, little friend of course.
Daniel: (Blushing, smiling.) I would love to.Alexi: (Motioning to the business card in Father David’s hand.)
Father David: Of course!
Alexi: (Writing on the business card with a fountain pen he pulled from his jacket pocket.) This is my
phone number and address. I will see you there. (Smiles and hands the card back, them walks away.)
Father David and Daniel look at each other.
Father David: (Laughs.)
A living room decorated for Christmas. A little girl sitting on a sofa between Daniel and Alexi.
Daniel: And that’s how your daddies met, Carina.
Carina: (Confused.) But how did you get me?
Alexi and Daniel look at each other.
Alexi: you remember the baby they saved?
Carina: (Nodding.) uh huh.
Daniel: that’s you.
Alexi: after we got married, we came and found you.
Alexi: Right, now, time for bed
Carina: (Upset.) But, but, but daddy!
Alexi: Daniel has a big concert tomorrow!
Carina: But he had one last week!
Daniel: Now luv.
Carina: Okay, okay. (Leaves the room.)
Daniel and Alexi watch her go, then kiss.
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