Wonderous Gift

Book By: Burton Bumgarner
Play #: 1459
Pages: 40 pgs
Cast: 4 m, 5 to 7 w, 1 girl, 1 boy non speaking.

It's Christmas Eve, (1960s) and Jake Johnson can muster only an uninspired, "Yeah, whatever," due to the stress of keeping his small, private hospital financially sound. In fact, he's just issued a new policy refusing to help anyone without health insurance, forcing patients to travel to the county hospital miles away. And there's no relief at home either as an elaborate family dinner has been planned which includes the Johnsons' estranged son Reese, and their daughter and her fiancé, whom Jake believes will be just another smart-alecky seminarian. Ill-will spreads even more when it is assumed the handyman and maid, Vernon and Opal, will forgo their family plans to assist at the dinner. Opal tries to invite the Johnsons to attend a Christmas service at her church, but as one of the wealthiest families in town, it won't do to be seen socializing with the help. When Jake receives a call that an indigent pregnant woman ready to deliver her baby has turned up at his hospital, he becomes infuriated. Can he set aside his inconsiderate, self-serving ways to discover the wondrous gift of Christmas?

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