Center stage: Two men and two women wearing shoes huddle facing one another with arms around one another’s shoulders. They are listed as Insiders 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the written skit. A barefoot man walks to where they are huddled.
Insider 1: Don’t talk to him. He’s not one of us.
Insider 2: Let’s just stare at the ceiling and ignore him. He’s probably like the other people, and we all know that they can’t be trusted.
Insider l: Yeah. You know what they did to “The Shoe Man.” They’ll do the same to you if you talk to them.
Man: Please, I need someone to talk to. I’m very lonely.
Insider 2: Let’s just stare at the ceiling and ignore him.
Insider 3: I’ve never seen this one before. He’s new. Maybe he will become one of us.
Insider 4: Yeah. You’re right. I’ve never seen this one before. Maybe we should talk to him.
Insider l: I’m warning you! Don’t talk to him! He’s not one of us.
Man: Please! I need someone to talk to. I’m very lonely. You don’t have to let me join your group if you don’t want me to. I just need someone to talk to.
Insider 3: Oh, we would love to have you join our group. It’s just that you’re not one of us.
Man: Hey! I don’t know what your problem is. I’m not going to hurt you. I just need someone to talk to.
Insider 4: Sir, we do want to talk to you. And we would love to have you join our group. It’s just that all the other people make fun of us, and we’re afraid that you will too.
Insider 1: I’m warning you—do not talk to him! It’s a trap. He’s gonna make fun of us—just like the rest of them.
Man: Why would I make fun of you?
Insider l: Because we’re wearing shoes.
Insider 2: Now you’ve done it! Why don’t you just become one of them?
Insider 3: What are you so afraid of? We all used to be one of them before “The Shoe Man” gave us shoes.
Man: “The Shoe Man”? Shoes? What are you talking about?
Insider 4: You mean you haven’t noticed? We are wearing shoes on our feet, and you are not.
Man: Shoes? On your feet? What are shoes? And who is “The Shoe Man”?
Insider 3: You see! I told you. He’s new. Maybe he will become one of us.
Insider l: It’s a trap. He’s gonna make fun of us—just like the rest of them.
Insider 4: No. He’s different. I’m going to tell him.
Insider 2: No! Don’t tell him. He’s one of them.
Man: There’s no them. I’m all alone.
Insider 4: Well, you can’t join our group unless you have shoes on. And you can get shoes only from “The Shoe Man.”
Man: “The Shoe Man?” Where do I find him?
Insider 4: Oh, that’s easy. If you just wish to see Him, He’ll come.
Man: “The Shoe Man?” I wish I could meet “The Shoe Man.”
The Shoe Man: Can I help you?
Man: Who are you? Where did you come from?
The Shoe Man: I’m “The Shoe Man.” I’m here because you wished Me to be here. Do you want Me to leave?
Man: Oh, no! Please stay. I was just wondering how I could get a pair of shoes.
The Shoe Man: I can help you, [man’s name].
Man: How do You know my name?
The Shoe Man: I know you, and I have a pair of shoes just for you. Here. Take them.
Man: Thanks! (He puts on shoes.) These fit perfectly! You know, I’ve never worn shoes before. These feel great. I feel like a new man. What do these cost?
The Shoe Man: Cost? They’re free.
Man: Free? No, they can’t be free! These are too nice. Here, I’ll give you some money.
The Shoe Man: No, I want you to have them.
Man: Well, what can I do to show you how much I appreciate your gift?
The Shoe Man: Only two things. Tell everyone you meet about Me, because I want to give everyone free shoes. And never be ashamed of wearing your shoes.
Man: Easy! Thanks! I’ll talk to you later.
The Shoe Man: I hope so. Goodbye, [man’s name].
Man: Goodbye. (He walks over to the group.)
Insider 4: Hey, look! He’s back.
Insider 3: And he’s wearing shoes. I told you he’s different from the rest.
Insider 1: I guess I was wrong. (Motioning to man.) Well, come on in and join the group.
Man: No. I told “The Shoe Man” that I would tell everyone I meet about Him. Here’s someone right now.
Hello! You look like a very nice person. I would like to tell you something that could change your life forever.
Stranger: What are you wearing on your feet?
Man: These are shoes. Aren’t they great?
Stranger: No! I’ve never seen anything so ugly in all my life!
Man: They’re not ugly. They’re great! Here. Try them on.
Stranger: Get away from me, you creep. Don’t talk to me!
(Stranger rushes away.)
Man: But I’m just trying to help!
Insider 1: You see what I mean? Now, come on in and join the group.
(Man joins the group.)
Insider 1: It’s always that way when you start. You’ll learn. Nobody wants our help.
Man: No! That’s not true. I did. And now I have shoes. And I promised “The Shoe Man” that I would tell everyone about Him.
Insider 1: (Interrupting.) Tell everyone you meet about Him, and never be ashamed of wearing your shoes.
Man: Exactly. And that’s what we should be doing, isn’t it?
Insider 4: Yes, but they’re never interested. They always insult us.
Insider 2: So the best thing to do is to say nothing—ignore them. And they’ll ignore us.
Insider l: I agree.
Man: But then we’re not doing what “The Shoe Man” asked us to do.
Insider l: Soon you’ll learn not to take seriously everything “The Shoe Man” says.
Man: Wait a minute! Do you mean to tell me that you don’t believe “The Shoe Man”?
Insider l: It’s just that everything He says is not very practical.
Man: Well, I wish “The Shoe Man” was right here with us to help us.
(“The Shoe Man” walks up and stands in the middle of the group.)
The Shoe Man: Why are you ashamed of your shoes?
Insider l: What makes You think we are ashamed of our shoes?
The Shoe Man: No one can see them when you’re facing huddled together, facing one another. And you refuse to talk to people about Me. Why don’t you turn around and together, as My people, face the world?
Insider 2: No, that wouldn’t work. People would laugh at us and call us creeps.
The Shoe Man: Don’t be afraid. I’m with you now.
Insider 3: Will You always stay with us?
The Shoe Man: As long as you want Me to stay, I’ll be right here with you.
Insider l: I’m not afraid anymore.
Insider 2: Neither am I.
Man: Let’s trust “The Shoe Man,” and turn around and show the world what we’re made of.
(They all turn around and face outward, but lock arms. “The Shoe Man” stands in the middle of their circle. They bow and exit. The program coordinator leads a discussion about the messages of the skit.)
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