There is a family who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. They are what many would consider to be part of the religious, Christian right. They are pro-life, anti-gay, support the war in Iraq and believes everything that George W. Bush tells the country because they believe that he is the Christian man he says he is. They are also licensed handgun owners. They don't approve of drinking, smoking, cussing, or movies that have any of these things. They cannot afford to send their kids to the private Christian school in Phoenix and so they home-school their kids. They don't want their kids to be exposed to the above mentioned things, which are discussed openly among students at the local schools. They believe that Hollywood is corrupt and within the clutches of the devil and that books should be banned if they discuss sex. This family strongly believes in the literal interpretation of the Holy Bible, the New Testament and the Old and that it is a direct instruction manual directly from the hand of God himself. Football is great, nudity of any kind is pornographic.
Now, they have one daughter who has just returned from her Freshman year at a conservative, Christian university in another state, and a son who is of middle school age, although he is above grade level in reading and math, due to an accelerated rate in homeschooling. The daughter has just been informed that she can't go back to school because of finances, although her parents are relieved because she returned with questions about faith and life that she had never had before. While intelligent, the son is very unsocial, and has difficulty dealing with children his own age.
Enter two young men. One is an old friend of the family. Since he has been away at college he has challenged his own beliefs and loosened his grip on some of his previously held restrictions. While he remains very much rooted in faith, he has liberalized his interpretation of both Christian doctrine and biblical interpretation. The other young man is a friend of the first from college. He doesn't know the family from Adam and is only there with his friend for one night as a stop over as they drive to Los Angeles. His experience with Christianity is a much more relaxed version than either the family or the first young man. His family attended church on a regular basis and were even involved in activities such as the youth group and Sunday school. But, his family was very liberal in their beliefs and did not adhere to much of what the church traditionally frowned upon. It was no secret that his parents were social drinkers and that they voted for Democrats. As this young man grew older he was encouraged to question morality and his faith. He continually searched for new meaning and relevance in the way that the Bible was to be interpreted as well as the role of God and Christ in modern life. Nothing was taken for granted or written in stone, but everything was subject to scrutiny by the opinion and relevance to one's self. Through his journey this young man stood firm and even reaffirmed his belief in Jesus Christ, but instead of seeing the Bible as a set of rules he generally studied it as a book of inspiration and knowledge. He saw Jesus as a liberal and a radical, there to break the rules in the name of bettering mankind, not following them for the sake of the status quo.
Amidst the conflicts present at the arrival of these two young men there must be a story worth telling. First you have the introduction. The family sees the first boy as he once was, and assume that the new boy is the same way. The first young man accepts the family for what they are and always have been, while the new boy is simply turned off from the family completely upon meeting, or very soon after. The one night the two boys are to stay at the house the new boy is able to convince the original boy that they need to vacate the premises until the family is asleep and out of their hair. They end up going out and drinking too much, resulting in a car wreck and a near fatality for the first boy. The second boy returns to the home to get help while the other is taken to an area hospital and eventually his parent's in L.A. The second boy is left to deal with this family that he didn't particularly want to stay even one night with. All the while the family is going through trauma of their own. The daughter is being very difficult; swearing, arguing and continuing a relationship with a boy that the parents do not approve of. This difficulty is heightened by the fact that the mother and father are attempting to shelter the young son from the drunken visitor, the unruly college student and their own bickering. On top of this the mother's plans to keep a liberal congressman from speaking at the local school has come crashing around her as the other mothers decide that they would rather have their kids pose for pictures with a politician than stick to their convictions.
The daughter and the new boy just want to get out, the parents want things back the way it was, and I can't figure out what to do next.
Help me end my play.