Curt Cloninger has been performing solo theatre for over 25 years. He’s performed for huge conferences and for small churches, and for everything in between. He has a very full repertoire of full length monologue shows.
But, since 1993 he has also been an Artist in Residence at Perimeter Church, in suburban Atlanta, where he has written many, many short scripts. These scripts are a short sampling of what he’s written.
What begins with Boaz showing off his new son to Eli, becomes a trip down memory lane as Ruth and Boaz reflect on the journey that brought them together. Scenes with Ruth and Naomi lead to Ruth discovering Boaz and his kindness, eventually leading the couple to the blessings that God had in store for their lives.
A man walks onto the stage and bumbles through an apology that there will be no clever Mother’s Day video this year. He is “spontaneously” interrupted by people in the congregation, who all express their gratitude to, and for their mothers.
Two women find themselves in “The Mom Zone” on Mother’s Day morning. It is a place where they are allowed to just “be”. When they return from this magical place their families will never take them for granted again.
A dad has been writing a poem over the course of his children’s lives about the struggles and joys of fatherhood.
A dad shares one of his favorite stories of his dad when he was a kid.
A man who makes wooden bowls shares his story about a friend who is short on time, but discovered the most important thing in life.
A modern day take on the John 5 story of Jesus healing the cripple at the pool of Bethesda.
The story about the coming of our Savior using whoever and whatever is available to you on stage. Perfect for a Christmas Eve service!
Two guilty people are thankful for not getting what they deserve.
Three seekers have different motives for finding the prophesied newborn Messiah in this 3 part script. Perfect for a Christmas Eve service.
Each member of a family reads aloud their Father’s Day card to their dad illustrating the different phases of life, and what “dad” means to each phase.
When we think of the word “offertory”, the images of a plate being passed in church while a song plays is what typically pops into our minds. But should an offertory be limited to a two minute time slot during Sunday morning church?
A brother and sister reminisce about their childhoods and how their mom taught them about unconditional love.
A series of monologues exploring Romans 12:6-8 on using your gifts for the good of the Body of Christ.
Bob’s writing thank you notes, but totally missing the point. Are we being intentional with our thanks?
William Bradford, transported through time, explains the history and importance of the Mayflower Compact…and the importance of being united. This script is perfect for a Thanksgiving event or even a July 4th celebration at your church.
This is an account of the blind man that was healed by Jesus as told through cowboy poetry. Perfect to incorporate into your worship service.
A father decides it’s time to do something about the TV after he finds himself having to explain adultery to his daughter while watching the World Series.
Ron and Chip were business partners until Chip swindled Ron out of $300,000. That was several years ago. Chip is now a Christian and has come to Ron to ask for forgiveness. Ron may not be ready.
Depression can be crippling, but we serve the God who is unfazed by our discouragement and will not go away. Here are 3 testimonies in a Reader’s Theatre of ones who have experienced victory.
A firefighter, nicknamed “Preacher,” shares his experience of finding his worth in Christ amidst the rubble and dirt of the tragedy of September 11th.
A retelling of the story of the two kids and the loving dad. The prodigal daughter has returned home and a feast has been prepared. But not everyone is exactly to celebrate the homecoming.
While Jesus was on earth, He used children and their faith as an example of the attitude He desires from us. Could we just for today become as a child and trust the One who is in charge?
She waited for what seemed like an eternity for God’s promise to be fulfilled. But Hope finally came in the form of a baby and changed the world forever.
This monologue is a sweet remembrance of a time a son went fishing with his dad, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Three men are on the tee box, waiting to hit their golf shots on a beautiful Easter Sunday morning. The group ahead of them is very slow. As the men wait, they talk about life, faith, and being “self-made men.” A fourth golfer, a stranger, joins them. He off-handedly addresses some of the topics about which they’ve spoken. Who is this guy?
Three friends meet for their weekly tennis game and reminisce about their friend that passed away and wish that somehow he’d come back.
Cliff and Em begin their journey into marriage full of love and romantic dreams, but also aware that things won’t always be easy. Many years later, they find their fears coming true and struggle just to hold things together. Can they find the “glue”?
A dramatic retelling of the Parable of the Sower as seen through the eyes of four different individuals “trapped” in a death camp.
Two sisters, Carol and Meg, have an urgent meeting at a coffee shop. Meg is desperate to talk to Carol, who is a lawyer, about her (Meg’s) daughter who is severly anorexic. In the course of the conversation, it become obvious that Meg is starving herself as well, spiritually.
The Mother of Mary, Jesus’ Grandmother, shares her story of the events leading up to the moment when she finally got to hold her grandson.
Anna, the prophetess, sits in front of the temple…waiting and hoping for the coming Messiah.
Two men meet on the street in front of their office and try to decide where to go to lunch. They both are easily religiously offended and, because of their bondage, can’t decide on an acceptable place to eat. They then watch in wonder as a co-worker dances in joy across the street.
This is a sobering visual at how we try and fill up our lives with things that will never really quench our thirst.
Ben wants his young son to be great at everything, but is forced to face some truths when he gets sage advice from Jack, a dad who’s been down that road with his own son.
Curt gets a reminder from his wife that sometimes life gets stale and tasteless, but it’s a good thing to have someone recall the memory of God’s goodness.
Sam reminds his family to slow down and remember the true meaning of Christmas through the reading of the Christmas Story.
As a man raises the American flag outside of his house, he reflects on what it means to be able to display this symbol of freedom.
This script is three readings- Christ’s death, His resurrection, and our response to the Living Lord. This script is perfect for incorporating into your Easter morning worship service.
An explanation of Easter.
Two angels reminisce and relive the glory days of one of their first nights, “The Big One,” the night when Jesus was born.
This Readers Theatre expresses gratitude for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy as a nation, but more importantly for the freedom and mercy granted to us by a loving Savior.
Three men reflect on how their fathers taught them to dress…and live.
It’s so easy to think that because we have hard times in our life that God doesn’t like us, that He just sits up in the heavens and merely tolerates us, when all along He’s absolutely crazy about us.
A family receives their yearly fruitcake from a dear-old aunt, but never opens them. This year they discover they’ve been missing the real gift.
A chance conversation between Nancy and Marci in the workplace reveals that Marci is struggling with issues from her past. Will she find a way to put them down?
A high school student (boy or girl) has a meeting with his English teacher who is flunking him because he (the student) always has a Christian slant to everything he writes in class.
This piece can be used in conjunction with “Flunking Life”, a follow-up piece.
A young couple, madly in love, approaches a crusty old Judge about getting married. After some grilling, he finally consents to marry them. After giving them some VERY scary vows to repeat, they decide that maybe they’d rather not get married after all.
A very tired teenage boy narrates his own actions, simply telling his story of struggling to hear the voice of God in his noisy world.
Mr. Johnson, a retired English teacher, walks into the office of Paul Clark, a newspaper editorialist. Mr. Johnson taught Paul twenty five years earlier, and flunked him because he wrote compositions about Jesus. Now, Mr. Johnson comes to Paul, seeking his advice on life.
This script is best used in conjunction with “Flunking English.”
A man, speaking directly to the audience, tells how Jesus delivered him from Demons. This is a retelling of the story from the Gospels.
A teenage girl returns from a youth retreat to find her drunken father asleep in his easy chair. She must decide what to do with him, and choose rather to love him or not.
Jane Dillman runs into Death sitting on a commuter train. Death has an over inflated view of himself and does his bumbling best to scare Jane. Jane, who knows the One who has defeated death, is not taking the bait.
A husband comes home to discover his wife, who has had an affair, about to leave. He challenges her to stay, to receive his forgiveness and love.
A husband and a wife, both speak directly to the audience, as to one person. They are both telling their side of the same story. This should have a fast-paced “Reader’s Theatre” (yet memorized) feel to it.