[INTERIOR STUDY – NIGHT]
It’s a small room, with bookshelves along every wall. A small desk sits in the middle, with a middle aged man hunched over a book. A small light illuminates him.
Day after day, night after night
Verse after verse, one more time
The words on the page…beautiful!
The story they tell…wonderful!
I see you on the page
It will soon be all the rage
How could Joseph have done it…?
Was it ancient Nephi…?
Yes, he did!
[DP enters from stage right]
DP: (speaking) John, it’s late. You need rest.
JW: (speaking excitedly) No Daniel. I’ve got it! Look at the words. It’s a pattern of reiteration, found in ancient Hebrew! And it’s in the Book of Mormon! It’s everywhere!
DP: Really, could it be…?
DP and JW (in unison): Chiasmus!
DP: …and secret combinations…
DP and JW (in harmony): Chiasmus!
DP: …metal plates in Babylos…
DP and JW (big finish): Chiasmus!
It’s crowded at every table, mostly with college-age students. Everyone is white, and dressed in J Crew or Lands End.
A middle aged man, probably a teacher, sits at the end of a bench. He has some maps, and books, open in front of him. He is JG.
JG: (singing) The pieces of the puzzle…
in front of me.
How do they go together?
It tortures me!
(The ghost of Moroni appears on the balcony. No one can see him.)
Moroni: (singing softly) Cumorah….
JG: (still singing) Meso-america…and New York.
How was it done…it doesn’t work!
So many plates, could they be all gone.
Oliver said so, could he have been wrong?
Moroni: (even softer) Two…Cumorah’s.
JG: (Looks up, as if inspiration has come from nowhere…yelling) I’ve got it! Two Cumorah’s!
(All the students are stunned. Silence as they freeze and look at him)
JG: (singing energetically) One…two… Cumorah’s!
Student1: ..What did he say?…
JG: (standing on the table, singing louder) One…two…Cumorah’s!!!
Student2: …how can the be?…
JG: (running down the table, singing to the students) It’s all so easy, it all makes perfect sense.
One Cumorah, for Mormon, the other, where Joseph went…
Moroni: HE’S GOT IT!
(All the students turn and look at him. Moroni covers his mouth and looks embarrassed)
All students, dancing and singing: One…two…Cumorah’s!
(A student in a 50’s style nebbish shirt and tie wanders in from stage right, carrying an armful of books. All others stop their wild dancing and turn to him. Spotlight…)
Nebbish: (singing softly) In the light of revelation, and the face of evidence…
from the Prophet Joseph, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and common sense…
we cannot say…
in any way…
that the Hill we call Cumorah
All students: Yes!??
Nebbish: (Louder)That this hill we call Cumorah…
All students: What…!???
Nebbish: (yelling, with conviction and confidence) We cannot say this hill we call Cumorah…is in Central America!
(Silence. The students turn back to JG. JG pauses shrugs his shoulders, makes a funny face and yells…)
JG: I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you.
JG:(Singing)And one day, you’ll be gone, but the FARMS work goes on!!
Your thinking is limited, your vision obsolete…
You made your mind up long ago, and set it in concrete.
You need to expand…your outlook.
It’s so easy, it’s all right there…it’s in the Book!
You’ll never make it in the world with ideas like that.
Scripture can be misinterpreted, hey…the Bible says Earth’s flat!
Students: (laughing and singing) The Bible says Earth’s flat…
JG: (continues) You lap up old ideas, like a bird from a bird feeder.
Stay away from talking scholarship, especially if you become a Church leader.
(Nebbish shakes his fist in anger. Moroni and Students laugh.)
(Festive music starts…everyone dances. Moroni is doing the charleston.)
Students…JG and Moroni: One…two…Cumorah’s!
(Nebbish looks resigned, and walks off stage. Festive dancing continues for until big finish.)