THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
"Marshall John Stone, Gunman of the West, Returns!"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice introduces the story:
The American West was a wild and
dangerous place, which needed wild and
dangerous men to enforce the law... men
like Marshall John Stone, Gunman of the West!!!
Lights come up on the interior of a farmhouse on the plains of the American West. SARAH JACKSON is sewing. There is a LOUD KNOCKING from off-stage followed by the voice of MARSHALL JOHN STONE shouting:
Open the door! I'm a U.S. Marshall!
Sarah starts to get up, but before she can get to the door, Stone enters with his six gun drawn.
What are you doing in my house?
I'm sorry, Ma'am. I'm here to arrest George.
My son George? What's he done?
He shot four men down at the saloon. Two
of 'em died.
Well, they must have started it.
They hadn't even drawn their guns. Where's
Passed out. You sure it wasn't someone
There were a dozen witnesses.
He must have been drunk. You can't blame a boy
for what he does when he's drunk, Marshall!
George has always been a good boy, when he's
It's up to the law to decide if he's guilty or not. It's
my job to take him in. Where is he?
Sarah points in one direction off-stage. The Marshall exists in that director. Sarah exits in another direction. A moment later, Stone comes back in, pushing a stumbling, drunken GEORGE JACKSON. Stone's six gun is back in his holster. George doesn't have a gun.
Gimme a drink.
There's a pot of hot coffee waiting at the jail.
Sarah re-enters, carrying a six gun. She aims it at Stone's head.
Let him go, Marshall.
Shoot him, Ma!
He's all I got, Marshall. I can't let you take
Stop talking, Ma! Shoot him!
I've never shot a woman before. I don't
to start now.
Stone shoves George into Sarah. Her guns goes off, hitting George.
Ma! You shot me, Ma!
This is your fault, Marshall!
Put down the gun, Ma'am.
Or what? You gonna shoot me, Marshall?
She starts to aim the gun at Stone. Like lightning, he draws his gun and shoots her. She dies. Stone looks at the two corpses.
I need a drink!
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© 2005 by Richard Nathan. All rights reserved
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