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Summary: In this script, in which dialogue consists of one word responses, John and Sheri demonstrate how lack of communication has brought their marriage to rock bottom. Is there a better way? Keywords: Marriage, communication, divorce, reconciliation
Style: Drama.  Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M, 1F, 1N
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:5 “Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

Narrator (can be voice only)


(John is sitting reading a newspaper. Sheri enters.)

Sheri: Talk?

John: Why?

Sheri: Marriage

John: Problem?

Sheri: Yes.

John: (sarcastic tone) Emotional !

Sheri: (getting upset) No!

John: What!

Sheri: Troubled.

John: Who?

Sheri: Us

John: (sarcastic tone) You!

Sheri: need

John: what!

Sheri: Time

John: (not listening) Huh?

Sheri: Together

John: (uncaring tone) Busy

Sheri: Why?

John: (still reading paper) Date

Sheri: Who?

John: (looks at Sheri raises voice) Someone!

Sheri: Why!

(Skit escalates here)

John: (getting a little heated) Tired!

Sheri: Me?

John: Yes!

Sheri: (getting emotional) Why?

John: ’cause!

Sheri: Mad!!

John: Whatever!

Sheri: Counseling?

John: No!

(Yelling at each other! Standing up)

Sheri: Why!

John: are!

Sheri: you!

John; doing!

Sheri: this!

Sheri: I

John: hate

Sheri: (bangs fist on John’s chest) You!

(Play freezes)


Narrator: Can this marriage be salvaged. Did it have to come to this? Let’s look at an alternative scenario.


Act 2 at a restaurant


John: (pulls chair out for Sheri to sit)

Sheri: Thank you.

John: Welcome

Sheri: Order?

John: Have?

Sheri: (looks at John and smiles) you!

John: (smiles and raises eyebrows) Order.

Sheri: Chicken.

John: Prime rib.

Sheri: Talk?

John: About?

Sheri: Marriage.

John: Why?

Sheri: Troubled.

John: Me?

Sheri: Time.

John: (in agreement) Distracted.

Sheri: (agreeing) Busy.

John: Need

Sheri: time

Sheri: & John: together

John: Date?

Sheri: (smiles at John) Yes.

John: When?

Sheri: Tuesday?

John: Sure.

Sheri: Thanks

Sheri: & John: Love you.



© Copyright Sheryl Kirksey, all rights reserved. The script may not be reproduced, translated or copied in any medium, including books, CDs and on the Internet, without written permission of the author.
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