Mr. Masters’ Absence


Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching…. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. (Luke 12:37a, 40)

Mr. Masters’ Absence weaves four of Christ’s parables into one story and transports them into a contemporary office setting. The play has a flexible cast of 16 characters and a running time of about 50 minutes. See Product Description below for the play’s plot summary, production notes, and an excerpt from the script.

Purchase includes one package of 17 scripts (16 cast members + director) and performance license, shipped within 2-5 business days from order date.

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The Parable of the Faithful Servant, the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, the Parable of the Talents, and the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. Mr. Masters’ Absence weaves these four tales into one story and transports them into a contemporary office setting. Mr. Masters, president and CEO of Masters & Co., has left on an unexpected business trip, leaving his staff to manage on their own. Conflict surges when some employees take advantage of Mr. Masters’ absence to shirk their duties and bully other workers, while a few faithful staff members do their best to keep things in order until Boss’s return. But no one knows how long he’ll be away, and not everyone looks forward to his homecoming.

The play has a cast of 16 characters (with doubling possible) and runs approximately 50 minutes in performance.

Production Notes

Script Sample

Additional information

Weight 64 oz
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 3 in


Number of Characters

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16


50 minutes