Aqedah - 15 minutes
Aqedah - Drama
Aqedah by John McDermott
Aqedah contains a transgender teen called Delannie who has just found out she is a prophet of the Lord, an angel, and a newly discovered Christian Gospel that states God’s love is for everyone, including those under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Biblical times meets the modern-day in a new and exciting way.
The Gospel of Simon finds its way into the hands of a suicidal transgender youth who is visited by Vatican priests seeking the Gospel to destroy its existence and an angel who guides the youth through her existential crisis as she is told she is a prophet of the Lord.
Inside a once-grand church in Glasgow, homeless people and drug dealers congregate. We meet DELANNIE wearing subtle makeup covering light stubble. Delannie has recently transitioned into a female. The self-inflicted cuts on her arm are fresh and she teases a knife over her wrists. If she was to kill herself right here, right now, God would have to take notice.
A bright light dazzles and windows smash above her. She notices a brown briefcase on the altar. She tries to open it. Defeated, she sits down.
We meet the ANGEL for the first time. Delannie assumes he is one of the drug dealers she passed at the back of the church. He says his name is Angelo and he is an angel that spoke to Abraham and Jesus. Delannie presumes he is getting high off his own supply. The angel says that God loves her for who she is. “Male or female, He loves them the same” and “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Delannie gleefully listens.
A homeless man, GEORGE, threatens to take the briefcase from her. George realizes Delannie is transgender and says she is an abomination and shouldn’t be in a church. Delannie stands her ground but George persists. Angelo reveals his majestic wings and George shuffles back into the shadows. Her dad phones her wishing her a happy birthday. He calls her “Daniel” which doesn’t go down well. Her dad realizes his mistakes and apologizes.
The angel tells Delannie the combination of the briefcase. She opens it up. Inside is an old Papyrus scroll written in Koine Greek. It is the fifth Gospel, the Gospel of Simon. It alludes to Angelo and places a great emphasis on his role in Jesus’ mission. The gospel claims Jesus said that God’s love was for everyone, including men who lay down with men. The angel explains this Gospel cannot fall into the wrong hands.
MICHAELANGELO and RICCARDO enter the church. They are two Vatican priests who have been sent to retrieve the Gospel at all costs. The angel tells Delannie they are running out of time. She is a prophet of the Lord who has been sent to protect the Gospel. Delannie laughs. How can a transgender be a prophet?
Michaelangelo has a note that promises the Gospel will be in this church at this exact time. Michaelangelo asks what’s in the briefcase. Delannie says “drugs.” Disappointed that the Gospel was not in the church, the two priests leave.
Delannie welcomes teenagers, all beautiful and under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and starts to preach her message that God’s love is for everyone.