THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
"How The Red Warlock of Charity Cove Saved Christmas!"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice introduces the story:
In the old Massachusetts Bay Colony in
1692 many innocent women were condemned
to hang as witches. Their only hope was -
THE MIGHTY RED WARLOCK OF
Lights come up on the office of Reverend Hanesworthy in Charity Cove, Massachussettes in 1692. There are two chairs on the set. In one chair, sits FATHER CHRISTMAS who is tied up ropes. His bag of gifts, which currently appears to be empty, is next to him. He is being harangued by REVEREND HANESWORTHY. Hanesworthy wears a sword at his side.
Father Christmas indeed! Father Satan is
more like it!
I'm just trying to spread a little Christmas cheer!
Pagan revelry, you mean! For your information,
the we have outlawed Christmas! There is nothing
in the Bible that says Christ was born in December,
nor anything that indicates that the Lord desires us
to engage in any sort of revelry to celebrate His birth!
Religion is a serious matter, a solemn duty!
Surely loving your fellow man is an occasion for joy!
I've hanged men for saying less!
Unseen by Hanesworthy, the RED WARLOCK creeps in, with his sword drawn!
But you'll not harm this old man!
The Red Warlock!!!
Hanesworthy draws his sword. Hanesworthy and the Red Warlock prepare to fence!
Wait! Please don't fight! Gentlemen, it's almost
Christmas Eve! At this time of year, can't we put
our petty differences aside?
Hanesworthy and the Red Warlock commence their sword fight.
Be reasonable. How much harm can an old man do?
Why not let him go?
He's a pagan! He claims he can perform magic! He
says his name is Father Christmas!
The Dutch call me Saint Nicholas.
He claims he can pull gifts out of that sack! But only for
good boys and girls. I looked in the sack! It's empty!
Hanesworthy notices that the Red Warlock is not fencing as well as he has in the past.
You don't seem to be fencing with your usual vigor!
I don't want to hurt you on Christmas Eve.
Really? I can't wait to hurt you!
Hanesworthy knocks the sword from the Red Warlock's hand. The Red Warlock is at Hanesworthy's mercy. But before Hanesworthy can kill the Red Warlock, Father Christmas manages to pull a club out of his sack, and he hits Hanesworthy with it. Hanesworthy sinks to the floor, unconscious.
Thanks! I thought he said that sack was empty!
It was empty for him! I'm afraid Reverend Hanesworthy
has not been a good boy this year.
Let me untie you.
That's not necessary. You can't imprison the spirit of
Father Christmas shakes off the ropes that seemed to bind him.
That's amazing! Are you really Father Christmas?
I've been thinking of trying out a new name for the
New World. How does Santa Claus sound to you?
It sounds just fine!
Father Christmas picks up his sack and prepares to exit.
Merry Christmas, Mighty Red Warlock of Charity Cove!
Or should I call you John Pinton?
Shhhh! I must keep my identity secret.
Your secret is safe with me! Merry Christmas!
Father Christmas exits. Pinton rips of his cowl and cape, wraps them around his sword, and hides it. (He can hide it either on-stage or off, depending on whether there is a place on the set to conceal it). Hanesworthy groans again and Pinton goes to him.
Reverend Hanesworthy! What happened?
Pinton! When did you get here?
Where are they?
The Red Warlock and Father Christmas!
Father Christmas? Are you sure you weren't
Hanesworthy thinks this over.
Maybe I was. Yes, it must have been a dream! The
whole thing was ridiculous! He claimed he was going
to give away gifts, for free! Who would ever believe
such liberality could ever occur here in Massachusetts?
here to go to more
THEATER OF THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
© 2005 by Richard Nathan. All rights reserved
The author grants all internet uses to print these scripts for their own, personal, non-commercial use. No other use may be made without the author's permission. Without limiting the foregoing, the plays may not be staged without the author's express permission.
Send e-mail to the author at .