The darkness of the stage is broken by a momentary flash of blinding light and loud cracks.
The light silhouetted darkness is now pervaded by two characters who enter from both ends.
enter Oh and God!
Oh, a highly cynical lady of age surveys her surroundings and keeps stuttering towards the middle of the stage while letting out a puff or two. On reaching, her eyes fall on a young man who wore deep purple robes, a cap and a shiny long necklace, which was the cause of much amusement for the lady.
God!, a young lad, most probably a teenager, perhaps the calmest one there ever was; casually strolls into the stage and looks at the smoking old lady dressed in a curious manner. Her head was covered by a cloth, like a hippie! He couldn’t control his chuckle and let out a loud sneer.
[The coincidental bursts of not so subtle scorn swiftly gained their ways into each other’s ears.]
[Long pause and melodious violin plays as the characters start to dance towards each other and stop at once when they meet]
Oh: So, why do you dress in such a fancy manner eh? RELIGIOUS ARE YOU? Don’t you know that there is nothing called God! How can you be so backwards that in spite of living in the modern times you still cling on to these ancient beliefs? Allow me to illuminate you, YOUNG MAN!
There is no proof about God! Science triumphed way back when Darwin paraded the minds of the intellectuals with his groundbreaking theories! And yet, you crackpots…still believe that someone is up there who created us, eh? Do you even Science, huh?
Religion was introduced as a mean of oppression to thwart the voices of the subaltern! It was nothing more than a fancy narrative, meant for striking fear in the hearts of the laymen. The oppressors enjoyed the shunning of these classes as that allowed them to reap the fruits of their “sinned” lives! How else do you explain the concepts of sin and retribution or whatever measures they have for wiping sin away in a jiffy!
And, you know what, all of y’all think that your faith tells the absolute truth and all the others are absolute nonsense! And that’s MY BOY is the root of all evils in the modern society!!!!!! The devastating wars are wiping the universe of anything human that is left in society, Why doesn’t your God look after us now? Do you have an answer you ignorant fool?
[The young man, after a long period of constant ranting, finally opens his mouth while fingering the insides of his ear]
God!: Calm down madam, such rage is not good for your pursuit to heaven.
[The lady’s face turns purple and she prepares to throw her walking stick but decides against it at the end]
Why are you so angry madame? The evil forces have taken your soul over I am sorry to say. I do understand what you’re trying to say, madame.
See, we, the so-called religious people do understand the reason for your frustration as you all will never be accepted by the almighty. So, you all decided to rant against him to hide your deep seated angsts.
[The lady manages to keep her cool, in spite of shaking vigorously with anger]
And with your science stuff, with all due respect madame, your lot are always coming up with new explanations and theories every day…
Which one do we believe?
Are the modern explanations true? Not even you can guarantee that! Can you?
Coming to the tortures and making others to forcefully believe in your belief,
Is that not what you were doing to me till now?
[The lady opens her mouth and every sane living being could foretell the ranting that she’d be going on right now]
But, whoops!!! Powercut !
All the cast and crew are left irritated with this mishap, the room was pitch black.
The final rehearsal of “Oh God!” sadly met an abrupt end.
The director was forced to scream “Pack-up!” and promised that he would try and squeeze in another session or two before the first screening of the already full house production!
The main characters Oh (played by Adidi Warrens) and God!(played by Hitchen Dawkins) were left disgruntled but hugged each other out after a virtual phase of mutual scorn.
Before leaving the set, Hitchen came running towards Adidi and returned her cross necklace which she takes everyday to church. He almost threw the necklace to her and ran homewards.
“Have some respect!” the lady yelled.
“You and your religion..ugh!” came the reply.
Rumour has it that never again were actors so committed.
One can show their bodies in spite of reluctance but,
Can one reluctantly acknowledge the other side of their beliefs?