"The Secular Humanist Court"

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Schmalfeldt, W. Matthew (American playwright/humorist/satirist/truck driver, 1955- ), "The Secular Humanist Court,"

a 30-minute comedy in English set in a television courtroom, winter, 1996,

3m1f (+ m or f voice),

© 1996 by playwright, script/rights available from W. Matthew Schmalfeldt, 2724 Garfield Street, Clinton, Iowa 52732, U.S.A., telephone 319-243-2712. Cited by playwright to present author via e-mail billsloc@clinton.net November 23, 1996; Schmalfeldt says,

Dramatis Personae "Announcer (m or f voice); Alex Kobecky, (m) husband and plaintiff; Dorothy Kobecky (f), wife and plaintiff; Judge Joseph Wantner (m); The Almighty God (m).

Synopsis "The Kobecky's are seeking justice in a small claims court, accusing God of wanton negligence for the physical, mental, and property damage inflicted by 'Acts of God.' The Almighty, however, does not feel the need to explain Himself to mortals. The Judge, the embodiment of strictness, demands answers; and God responds the same way he did to another poor, set-upon mortal in The Book of Job. But the Judge does not buy it. The Judge scolds God for the base cruelty that He has shown His creations through history. How can a loving God treat His creations this way? The Judge orders Him to pay the Kobeckys the same that He paid Job. God, in a brief anti-decision moment, explains that He does the things He does the way He does because He is, in fact, God. That's the only answer we're gonna get, because it's the only answer we could possibly understand.

Comment "All script lines in bold italic are directly lifted from The Book of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible. 'The Secular Humanist Court' is the utmost in simplicity to produce, stagewise, scenery-wise, everything-wise, except maybe sound-wise and light-wise.

"W. Matthew Schmalfeldt is a former radio talk-show host/journalist who turned to truck driving to feed his family. He currently writes a weekly newspaper column (soon to go national?) and is at work on other humor/satire projects."

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