Summary: The waiter in a prayer café tries to help his customers, on behalf of the chef.
Style: Dramatic, with light touches. Duration: 6min
Actors: 1M/F, 4M, 2F (can be swapped)
Waiter: Good evening Sir, Madam. Welcome to the prayer café. Table for 2?
Alex: Yes please.
Waiter: By the window?
Betty: Oh yes.
Waiter: Would you like to take a look at the menu?
Alex: Thank you.
Waiter: Oh, starting with thankfulness – very good sir!
[Waiter leaves their table, moves to 2nd table]
Alex: This is nice, isn’t it. I don’t know why we haven’t done this before.
Betty: Well, maybe it’s easier than we thought it was. Let’s see what we can have…
Waiter: [To Chris] Sir, I am very sorry, but the chef says that it’s not ready yet.
Chris: Really? I’ve been waiting so long, I just thought that perhaps this time it would work.
Waiter: I’m very sorry Sir, chef understands the situation, but he asks that you trust him, and come back again soon. We do like to see you here, Sir.
Chris: Okay, I’ll see you again tomorrow.
[Chris leaves sadly]
[Waiter returns to Alex & Betty’s table]
Waiter: How are you getting on with your choices?
Alex: I really don’t know where to begin, everything looks so good.
Waiter: Could I make some suggestions for you?
Betty: Oh yes, please!
Waiter: Well, they used say you should always start with Adoration, then Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
Betty: [looking completely confused] Did they?
Waiter: But nowadays we suggest you keep things simple. We suggest you think about the chef, then other people, and then yourself.
Alex: Ah, okay. Can we have another minute please?
Waiter: Of course, sir [leaves table]
[Darren rushes in]
Darren: Hi! Do you do takeaway?
Waiter: Of course sir, you can pray anywhere.
Darren: Could I have 2 portions of “Please can I get an A in my exams” to go?
Waiter: Have you revised, sir?
Darren: Kind of….
Waiter: The chef has prepared these for you.
[Passes over container]
Darren: Oh wow! What is it?
Waiter: That you might do your best, and get the mark you need.
Darren: I’m not really sure that’s what I want.
Waiter: The chef reminds you that he is in control, he loves you, and he knows what’s best for you, sir.
Darren: I guess so. See you next week – I have another exam then!
Waiter: Happy revising!
[Waiter goes to 3rd table]
Waiter: Madam, can I ask if what you would like?
Emily: I want to know if Jonny is the right man for me? How can I be sure?
Waiter: And is that the only thing you’re interested in?
Emily: Yes, I’ve got to know. I think about him all the time!
Waiter: The chef would remind you that a diet of just one thing is unhealthy. He would recommend a more varied diet for you.
Emily: He said that yesterday.
Waiter: He’ll probably say that tomorrow too. Perhaps you would like to try something else? Maybe just a God-bless-mummy-and-daddy? For a change.
Emily: No, I’m not interested.
[Freddy enters, nervously]
Freddy: Hello, I probably shouldn’t have come in here, but I don’t know what to do, and I don’t know where to go, but I saw the sign and thought maybe you could help.
Waiter: Or course Sir, we’ve been expecting you. Your table is over here, by the kitchen, and the chef will have something for you in just a moment.
[Waiter escorts Freddy to table 2]
Freddy: Really? Thank you!
Waiter: Any time, sir, any time!
[Waiter returns to Alex & Betty]
Waiter: So, how can I help you.
Alex: Can you tell the chef he is amazing.
Betty: And we want our friends and our family to get to know him….
Alex: …So that they can be provided for by him like everyone else here.
Betty: And we’d like to help him out if we can.
Waiter: The chef would be delighted if you would come and join him the kitchen. He has something very special in mind for you.
[Alex, Betty and the Waiter leave together, and Freddy joins them, leaving the stage empty to finish]
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