Mama - a middle-aged Christian woman
from the South
Peach - Mama's daughter, a Southern
young girl with attitude
Jedadiah - Peach's older brother, a
Setting: It is the middle of the
night after dinner; our three characters are situated on the
porch of their home overlooking the corn crop of their farm. The
farm is an isolated place without the benefits of modern
Our three characters enter from
stage left, the brother and sister pushing and shoving. The
brother, Jedadiah is whining. His mother, Mama, looks on
But Mama, I don' wanna clean out the
barn! Make Peach do it.
Oh, I did it las' time! I ain't
doin' it a-geen. (To herself) Not my fault it's so
(Making the sign of the
Lor' in Heaven the two o' yous gimme
a mighty headache. Now I won' listen to this bickerin' so cut it
But Mama! It'll take me
(Points to Jedadiah)
Suddenly, lights flash, the
ground shakes. The three look around at each other in fear and
Did you see that?!
T'was one o' them
Jesus! The Lor' of Heaven has come
a-geen at las'!
(sign of the cross again)
No, Mama, t'was an ail-ee-en space
(Not hearing her daughter,
enchanted, eyes full of wonder) The Lor' Jesus's come
(Looking over at her, narrowing
Mama, it wasn' Jesus.
Yes t'was! Yes t'was! Come down to
take the good lambs t' love in Heaven!
Peach stands, followed by her
brother. Mama remains sitting, rocking back and forth in
(Motioning to the "corn field" in
front of her)
Mama, look at them crop circles;
they ain't caused by no Jesus.
T'is a sign from the Lor'!
(Pointing to corner)
Mama, the 'coons are actin' rabid.
(Whoever is playing Peach 'Mooos')
Bessie's gone green!
(She continues to act in
The cows're flyin'!
(Oblivious) Angels! Messengers from
(Person playing Jedadiah makes
whistling and crashing sounds. "Explosions")
Mama! Someone just blew up the
(Looking, motioning, out to the
He's a-punishin' the wicked!
(Looking incredulously at
Father Josiah lives thar!
(Falling to knees, raising hands to
Pray! Pray for forgiveness my
(She pulls out a Bible and starts to
silently "read" verses animatedly)
(Trying to make his mother
Come on, we a-gots-ta take
Where? Not like we'll fit in the
barn wi' all that filth. Now if only some'n had cleaned it
(Gesturing towards Jedadiah with a
bob of the head, her hands on her hips)
(Turning on Peach)
Well you're always a-tellin' me
I'm-a too stupid to be doin' stuff….
The ground starts to shake again
violently, putting a stop to any further argument. Jedadiah and
Peach look around, frightened. Mama looks at the sky in wonder.
(Points out over crop field)
It's comin' back!
Jedadiah and Peach duck and
cower, while Mama still kneels on the ground. Lights flash again
Peach screams, but only two come back on this time: one over
Jedadiah and the other over Mama. Peach has disappeared. (Been
(Looking around confused)
Oh! Thank ye Lor' Jesus for takin'
my baby up to the land o' eternal-ness. My good baby's been
It's an ab-duck-shun! Mama, we gotta
do somethin'! They could be performin' some horrible
ex-per-ee-ments on 'er!
Lesser child not worthy o' the land
(For the first time looking directly
at one of her children)
Sinner! You chil' o' Satan! Go 'n
clean out the barn!
(Looking back away)
Oh, my Peach's been saved!
(Looking first at MAMA, then to the
imaginary barn, and finally to the sky with wide eyes)
Wait!!!! Take me too!