GINO AND THE GODFATHER

Characters:
(Gino's Living Room Gino is pacing nervously. Gina Enters.)

GINA:
Gino what's wrong. You look upset about something.

GINO:
Oh it's nothing, Gina.
(Mama enters, sweeping)

GINA:
Gino, I know when something is bothering you.

GINO:
It's .. it's just something I've got to handle.

GINA:
But what…?

MAMA:
(Smacks Gino on the back of the head) Wassamatta You? Talk to your wife. God gave her to you to be a help mate. Hows she gonna hep if alla you do is try to be mister bigshot?

GINO:
But Mama…

MAMA:
Don't "but Mama me"! You sit down here and tell us whassamatta.

(Gino sits)

GINA:
Gino, please. You know that there is nothing so big that we can't work it out together. Especially with God's help.

GINO:
You're right Gina. You're right. You see, the Godfather has contacted me.

GINA:
You mean God the Father?

GINO:
No, I mean the Godfather.

GINA:
You mean…

GINO:
Don Vino Raviolli.

GINA:
(Gasps)

MAMA:
Mama mia!

GINA:
Why Gino? Why did he call you?

MAMA:
Doesn't he know you're serving Jesus now?

GINO:
I don't know what he knows. I just know that he did me a favor once. He told me then that someday I might be called on to repay the favor.

GINA:
But you can't.

MAMA:
But I'ma know this man, this Don Ravioli. Ifa someone refuses a favor… Mama Mia!

GINA:
What will you do?

GINO:
I'm going to see him.

GINA:
Gino!

MAMA:
Mama Mia no!

GINO:
I've been praying. I know that I must go. I made a promise. What kind of Christian doesn't honor his word?

GINA:
But what if he wants you to do something illegal?

GINO:
I've also been reading the Bible. I read today about Shadrak Meshak and Abednigo. The wicked king wanted them to disobey God. They refused even though they knew they would be thrown in the fiery furnace.

GINA:
Oh Gino.

GINO:
But you know what? The flames didn't touch them. Their clothes didn't burn and they didn't even smell like smoke. Well I serve the same God, and He's the same today as he was then. I'll be back tonight for some of Mama's canollis.

(Mama and Gina hug Gino.)
(Black out, scene changes to the Godfather's office. Two bodyguards stand on either side and forward of the Godfather who is seated and backlit so we see only his silhouette. His face is lit as he speaks his first line)

GODFATHER:
Send him in.

(Gino enters and is frisked by the two body guards)

GODFATHER:
That's enough boys, he's ok.
(to Gino) You must forgive me. A man in my position can't afford to be careless.

GINO:
That's ok, Don Ravioli.

GODFATHER:
It's been a long time since I've seen you.

GINO:
Well, I've been…

GODFATHER:
I know. You've been going to church.

GINO:
You know?

GODFATHER:
You think I don't pay attention? You think I don't notice things? I notice you don't call me Godfather anymore. No more kissing the hand.

GINO:
You see I…

GODFATHER:
And when was the last time you invited me to your home?

GINO:
But I…

GODFATHER:
I know. You've become a Christian. (Stands up and moves into light next to Gino, taps him on the cheek as he speaks) You're a good boy Gino, huh?

GINO:
(Stammering) I uh well…

GODFATHER:
I understand how a good Christian like yourself wouldn't want to be associated with a man like me.

GINO:
But I…

GODFATHER:
But it seems there's this little matter of a favor that I did for you many years ago.
(To bodyguards) You can wait outside, boys. This is between me and Gino.
(Body guards exit)
And now, it is time for you to do a service for your Don. I know that you are a man of honor so you will do this thing for me.

GINO:
Don Ravioli, I have to tell you with all respect, that I will do anything for you; that is, anything that does not go against God. My mind is made up. You can kill me if you must, but I will not betray my God. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Nothing will cause me to sin against Him. (Closes his eyes and cringes as if he expects to be shot)

GODFATHER:
Are you finished?

GINO:
(Keeps eyes closed and says nothing)

GODFATHER:
The service that I ask is this: I want you should introduce me to this Jesus of yours.

GINO:
(Gino's eyes pop open and jaw drops)

GODFATHER:
You think I enjoy living like this? You think it's easy worrying about the safety of my family day and night? I want what you've got. I want peace in my life. You'll do this for me?

GINO:
Are you serious?

GODFATHER:
Gino, Gino, am I a man that jokes? What do I have to do?

GINO:
All you have to do is pray to ask Jesus into your heart. Just repeat after me…

(Mama bursts into the room and gets between Gino and the Godfather)

MAMA:
Whatever you gonna do to my son you gonna have to do to me first.

GINO:
Mama, Mama, you don't understand. I'm about to lead Don Ravioli in the Sinners Prayer. The Holy Spirit has drawn him.

GODFATHER:
He made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

MAMA:
I can't believe this!

GINO:
It's true Mama. This was the favor he wanted from me!

MAMA:
I'm so relieved. This is a miracle!

GODFATHER:
Senora, how did you get past my bodyguards outside?

MAMA:
It was easy. I just gave them some of my canolis. They're kinda skinny, no?

GODFATHER:
It's a miracle I'm still alive.

GINO:
Mama come and pray with us. Now Don Ravioli, repeat after me…

(Lights fade to black)


Copyright © 2001 by Robert J Lee

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