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About the Program

Just One Night Script
Prologue Scene 5 - A Whole New World
Scene 1 - Who's Tom Boyle Scene 6 - For Better or Worse
Scene 2 - Accidents Will Happen Scene 7 - The End?
Scene 3 - Family Matters Epilogue
Scene 4- The Letter of the Law


INT. MERRIMACK COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. John Stephen is sitting at the prosecution table. Except for him, the courtroom is empty. 

My name is John Stephen.  I'm the assistant attorney-general for the state of  New Hampshire.  You're about to hear a true story.  It's about a case that I  prosecuted here in this courtroom.   And you're going to hear it from the man  who is still living it.  You see, this story is not over. 

Fade to black and then up on Concord H.S. presentation

 You know, most lessons you learn in your life, you have to learn them for  yourself, right?  Most lessons in life, you going to have to learn for yourself.  It's  about choices, right?   I mean, your folks and your teachers or your friends, they  can guide you and help you and maybe help you miss the big bumps in the road,  but ultimately, most lessons you have to learn for yourself.  But see, there's  some lessons - there's some lessons where the cost is too great, the tragedy too  devastating.  You can't afford to learn them yourself.  In fact, you're lucky if you  live through it.
 Thanks for your time, I appreciate it and best of luck to all of you.  (Applause) 

As Tom leaves stage cut to ... Scene 1 - Who's Tom Boyle