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  • [first lines]
  • Jacob: It's taking so long.
  • Judah: [chuckling] Look at yourself, Father. You would think this was your first child. Tell me, were you this nervous when I was born?
  • Jacob: Well, yes and no. It was different with your mother. But with Rachel, we gave up hope. We were told she could never have children.
  • [they hear a baby crying]
  • Reuben: Father! It's a boy! Father, it's a boy! It's a boy.
  • [the baby continues crying]
  • Jacob: My boy! [runs to get the baby]
  • Reuben: Can you believe it? Rachel had a baby.
  • Judah: I guess it is a miracle.
  • [they all walk off, then Jacob walks in the tent]
  • Jacob: [looks at Rachel and baby Joseph] O God, who is the Father of us all, you have blessed me with a gift beyond all measure. Within a barren wife, amid the twilight skies of my life, you've placed a treasure. [singing] A brightly shining star where there was none, you have granted us a son.
  • Rachel: [singing] Dreams do come true. Look at you.
  • Jacob: Joseph.
  • All: [singing] Our baby brother.
  • Jacob: [singing] He is special.
  • All: [singing] He is one of us we'll keep him from harm, and we will teach him.
  • Jacob: [singing] I will teach him all he needs to know. He'll stand apart from other men.
  • All: [singing] We'll stand beside him and together, we will show him what it means to be a family.
  • [baby Joseph pets Jacob]
  • Jacob: [singing] You are a miracle child, you are the best you shine the brightest.
  • Father: [singing] Your days.
  • Jacob: Joseph.
  • Father: [singing] Will be cloudiness.
  • Jacob: Come to Papa.
  • Father: [singing] And mild. Your trails be blessed. Your trials the lightest. You were made for better things, you will share the air of kings, you were born and fortune smiled, for you are a miracle child.
  • Rachel: [singing] The sun will rise within your eyes, the moon will light your smile. And Heaven grace your gentle face. With power to beguile. [speaking] Good night, Joseph. [kisses Joseph, then she continues singing] You will wade through the river of sorrows, warm and dry.
  • Reuben: Keep it steady.
  • Jacob: [singing] And angels will guide your tomorrows, this I prophesy.
  • Both: [singing] For you are a miracle child. You are the best.
  • Issachar: Hey, what are you doing?
  • Both: [singing] You shine the brightest. Your days will be cloudless and mild. Your trails be blessed, your trials the lightest. You were made for better things, you will share the air of kings. You were born and fortune smiled. For you are a miracle child.
  • [Jacob gives the ball to Judah, throwing up and down, then looking at a coat, then Jacobs wears the coat on Joseph]
  • Joseph: [singing] Dearest Mother, beloved Father. A coat of colors bright as butterfly wings to remind me. Things you've told me all my life, I am special, I am smart. I am somehow set apart. Petty rules and limitations don't apply. For I am a miracle child. I can't be harmed.
  • Judah: Sorry.
  • Joseph: [singing] I'm wrapped in rainbow. Though fate can be heartless and wild. [speaking] Come on. Let's play. [continues singing] My life's been charmed. [speaking] Come on! [continues singing] And shall remain so.
  • Jacob: Come with me, Joseph.
  • Joseph: [continues singing] Not to struggle, but to soar. To my fortune reconciled. For I am a miracle child. You won't see me bent over double, in darkness and rubble, where mountains of trouble are piled. I was destined to fly. Watch me light up the sky! For I am a miracle child!
  • [cut at night, with Joseph sleeping, zooming in, then opening the eye, then the sheep appears, then taking a flower, then getting up, then spinning around, then running away by a wolf, then the wolf barks at Joseph, running away, then grabbing a leash, then walking by a sheep]
  • Joseph: Hey.
  • [the wolf appears at Joseph, screaming]
  • Joseph: No! Stop!
  • Reuben: What's wrong?
  • Issachar: What's going on? What did he say?
  • [he lights the fire]
  • Judah: What's the matter?
  • Joseph: It was wolves! There were wolves everywhere. They were coming out of the shadows, and I was surrounded. They were all around me and...
  • Judah: That's it?
  • Levi: You woke us for a dream?
  • Reuben: Ooh!
  • Jacob: Quiet down! You want to scare the sheep?
  • Joseph: The sheep. The ram. [runs away] The wolves killed the ram.
  • [hears a sheep bleating]
  • Joseph: It was dead. I... I don't understand. It all seemed so real.
  • Jacob: Everything is fine, Joseph.
  • Rachel: [puts the coat back on] It's over. There's nothing to worry about.
  • Jacob: And, you boys, since you're up, make yourselves useful. [grabs a stick] Get to work before sunup. [throws a stick at Judah]
  • Judah: Thanks.
  • [the brothers walk out]
  • Jacob: [to Joseph] Joseph, where do you think you're going?
  • Joseph: Um, I, uh...
  • Jacob: You have studies. [takes a paper to Joseph]
  • Joseph: But, Father, I wanna go with them.
  • Jacob: Look. You know they have their work, and you have yours.
  • Joseph: But why?
  • Jacob: Because you do. Because you're a miracle child. For you, things are different.
  • Joseph: You've said that all my life. I don't want to be different. I want to be like them.
  • Jacob: Joseph, God has a plan and a purpose for you. You're not like the rest of us. I've worked this earth all my life, just as my father and grandfather did before me, and as your brothers will after me. That won't be your future.
  • Rachel: Jacob, even God rested on the seventh day. He'll find his future soon enough. Let him be with his brothers.
  • Joseph: Please?
  • Jacob: [sighs] Go on. Thanks. Be safe!
  • [they both look at Joseph walking away, then cut to the brothers]
  • Joseph: Judah! Simeon!
  • Levi: Hmph! Look who's here. The miracle child.
  • Simeon: What are you doing here? Don't you have some scrolls to read or something?
  • Joseph: Here, let me do that.
  • Levi: Joseph! Wait, wait! You have to be very careful. You might cut your hands on the soft fur.
  • Joseph: Get away!
  • [they both laugh]
  • Joseph: I... I just want to help.
  • Simeon: You've helped enough. Thanks to you, we'll work an extra hour today.
  • Joseph: You're not tired because you got up early. It's because you were out all night.
  • Simeon: Why, you little sneak. What do you know?
  • Joseph: I know about everything, the women and the drinking. There's a lot Father doesn't know.
  • Levi: You wouldn't.
  • Simeon: He would. The little brat. [grabs Joseph] If you say one word, I'll wring your skinny neck.
  • Judah: Stop it! If Father sent him, we should be happy for his help. Maybe he can do your work, Simeon. Huh! Somebody should.
  • [the brothers laugh]
  • Judah: Besides, there is something Joseph can do. [takes Joseph]
  • Levi: What's he doing?
  • Reuben: I don't know.
  • Judah: Shh! While we round up the strays, can you watch the herd for us?
  • Joseph: [grabs the stick] Of course.
  • Judah: Good. We'll be back soon. Let's go.
  • Reuben: Maybe we should split up. You go over there.
  • Joseph: Hey! What are you doing? Hey! [laughing]
  • [the sheep bleats, then he pets the sheep, then the wind blows Joseph, then walking to the brothers in the water]
  • Reuben: Hey, come on! Look at him. Whoo-hoo!
  • [he looks at the brothers in the water]
  • Reuben: Get him. You're too heavy.
  • [the man falls in the water, then he walks away, then putting the stick on the ground, then sitting down, then bleating at Joseph]
  • Joseph: What? Are you making fun of me too?
  • [the sheep dances, then running around Joseph, laughing]
  • Joseph: Hey! [grabs a stick] Hey, come back! [opens the bushes, then the wolf appears, then the wolves all appear] Get away! Get away!
  • [the sheep continues bleating, then the wolves get the sheep, then running]
  • Joseph: [grabs a sheep] Gotcha! [continues running in a hay, then chomping by a sheep, then laying at Joseph]
  • Jacob: [attacking the wolves] Back! Back! Get away! [puts the stick down, then the wolves run away] Joseph, are you hurt?
  • Joseph: [hugs Jacob] Father!
  • Jacob: Your brothers, where are they? I asked you a question!
  • Joseph: They're... They're, uh... They... They went swimming.
  • Jacob: Swimming?
  • [the brothers get out of the water]
  • Judah: What happened?
  • Jacob: This is how you take charge? I expect you to watch after Joseph, but you abandoned my son. My son!
  • Judah: Aren't we your sons too?
  • Joseph: The ram! [grabs a leash]
  • Judah: It's Joseph's dream! Wolves kill sheep. It happens all the time.
  • Simeon: No! I understand.
  • Jacob: God sent you a vision of the future.
  • [they both walk down]
  • Simeon: Joseph didn't really see the future, did he?
  • Judah: Let's get back to work.
  • [cut at night, with Joseph sleeping, then walking while holding the hay, then putting the hay down, then they all walk by holding hay, then they put the hay down, by laying on the ground, then they all look at Joseph standing on top with the hay growing by revealing a circle by stars, sun and moon at the sky]
  • Simeon: Why do we wash before work?
  • Levi: We don't want the sheep smelling you and running off.
  • Issachar: Hey, look who finally woke up.
  • Reuben: Oh, look what the sun brought up.
  • [Joseph puts water on the face]
  • Rachel: Good morning, Joseph.
  • Joseph: [dries the face off] Mom, last night I had another dream.
  • Simeon: Oh, another dream!
  • All: Ooh!
  • Joseph: I wasn't talking to you.
  • Levi: Please, why don't you share it with all of us.
  • Joseph: Yes, who'd the wolf get this time? You can laugh, but this time it was all of you.
  • Levi: Oh, please, you must tell us our future, great Joseph.
  • Simeon: Should I be scared?
  • Joseph: Leave me alone!
  • Judah: Come on, Joseph. Tell us. We're dying to hear about it.
  • Joseph: Well, all of us were carrying sheaves of wheat. I was among you, but then all of a sudden, I was above you and your wheat bowed to me...
  • Levi: I wonder what that's supposed to mean.
  • Judah: Nothing, that's what it means. Nothing. [walks away]
  • Joseph: Hey, you asked to hear the dream.
  • Jacob: What happened next?
  • Joseph: The sky was dark, and around me there were stars.
  • Judah: They were bowing to me too.
  • Simeon: Ooh! Let's all bow down to Joseph.
  • Jacob: We can't ignore these dreams. After all, his last one did come true.
  • Reuben: Are you saying that Joseph belongs above all of us, even Judah?
  • Jacob: I'm not saying that, but there could be a message here.
  • Reuben: Judah's led the herd for years, brought in the wheat, raised the tents. He comes first before any of us, especially Joseph.
  • Jacob: Judah, it's not up to me. God may be telling us something of our future.
  • Judah: The I guess all my work doesn't matter.
  • Jacob: Watch your tongue.
  • Rachel: [to Jacob and Judah] Jacob, Judah, please!
  • Judah: I've had enough of this. Let's go.
  • [they all walk away]
  • Levi: [sighing, then taking a bag to Joseph] Look at what your dreams have done.
  • Joseph: Don't get mad at me. I didn't ask for them.
  • Reuben: You didn't ask for this either, brother.
  • Joseph: [throws a bag away] Half brother!
  • Jacob: Joseph! Boys! Apologize to each other!
  • Rachel: Let me talk to Joseph. [walks to Joseph]
  • Jacob: He's just a boy. You're too harsh on him.
  • Reuben: You're always defending him!
  • Jacob: His dreams come from God.
  • Rachel: Joseph, you need to be more understanding of your brothers. Life is a lot harder for them than it ever will be for you.
  • Joseph: [getting up] Why do you defend them? They're not even your sons.
  • Rachel: [to Joseph] They're no less my sons than you are. We're family, all of us. If we break apart, we have nothing left. [singing] You've seen the damage words can do. When full of thoughtless pride.
  • Issachar: That's enough!
  • Rachel: [singing] Now heed the wiser voice in you that calls to be your guide. The flowers reaching for the sun are all uniquely blessed. But thought each is special. Not a one is better than the rest. Bloom, bloom, may you know. The wisdom only time breeds. There's room, bloom and you'll grow to follow where your heart leads. Bloom and may you bring, your colors to the vast bouquet. There's room, bloom, learn one thing. Your gifts are meant to give away.
  • Joseph: Thanks, Mom. [walks away, then waving to Rachel] Judah! Simeon! Levi! Reuben! Where are you?
  • Judah: Joseph isn't fit to lead sheep.
  • Levi: I agree.
  • Reuben: But he's our brother.
  • Simeon: Half brother. Said so himself. Judah is the one who should take over for Father.
  • Reuben: Yes, but...
  • Levi: Do you want a spiled brat giving you orders?
  • Reuben: No.
  • Simeon: Can we all agree that something has to be done about Joseph?
  • Reuben: Yes. I agree.
  • Levi: [grabs Joseph] Hey, everybody! The little spy is back!
  • Joseph: I wasn't spying. I just wanted to...
  • Levi: Did Father tell you to check up on us?
  • Joseph: No! Maybe this was a mistake. I just want to...
  • Judah: Report on us to Father?
  • Simeon: [to Joseph] You're his favorite.
  • Joseph: N-No.
  • Judah: You look at scrolls all day while we're covered in sweat. Why is that, Joseph? Is it because we don't have pretty coats like you?
  • Simeon: [takes the coat off of Joseph] I have mine.
  • Joseph: That's my coat!
  • Simeon: Step aside, brothers. I'm the new head of the family. Bow before me, you sheaves of wheat! Oh, yes, Master Joseph, ruler of the world.
  • Joseph: Give it back, now!
  • Simeon: If you want your coat, why don't you go get it? [throws a coat to Levi, then Joseph tries to get the coat back]
  • Reuben: Levi's got it.
  • Levi: No, I don't. Judah does.
  • Reuben: Come on! I've got it!
  • [he rips the coat, then laying on the ground, then they all laugh]
  • Joseph: I've had enough of this stupid game!
  • Judah: Joseph! Who says this is a game?
  • [the brothers push Joseph]
  • Joseph: What are you doing? Leave me alone! No! Stop it! [walks backward, then falling down in the pit, then getting up, coughing]
  • Levi: What do we do now?
  • Reuben: Are we just going to leave him?
  • Judah: What are we going to tell Father?
  • Simeon: We'll think of something.
  • Joseph: Somebody! Please!
  • Judah: Just get out of here. [throws a coat in the pit]
  • Simeon: Maybe he can dream his way out.
  • [the coat lands on Joseph]
  • Joseph: Don't leave me here alone! [kneels to the ground, holding a coat, then cut at night, hearing a wolf, then the lobster crawls on Joseph, then he gets the lobster off, then grabbing a rock, then killing a lobster while pounding, then the rope lands] I knew you'd come back. [climbs on the rope, then climbing up] You think this is funny? Well, Father won't be laughing when he hear... Who are you?
  • Horse Trader: Get him.
  • Joseph: Hey! Hey! What are you doing? Ow! Let me go! You don't understand. I'm from the house of Jacob.
  • Horse Trader: A little scrawny, isn't he?
  • Lead Trader: It's hard to tell with that pretty coat on.
  • Joseph: [lays to the ground] No, no, no, don't take my...
  • Slave Trader: Get up!
  • Lead Trader: Looks like he's never worked a day in his life.
  • Horse Trader: That'll change.
  • Joseph: My brothers will come for me. Judah! Simeon! Levi! Please help me!
  • Judah: Joseph! We're right here.
  • Joseph: [sighing] Judah. [hugs Judah] I told you they'd come for me.
  • Slave Trader: [dumps the silver out of the bag] As agreed, 20 pieces of silver. [throws a bag at Judah]
  • Joseph: J-Judah... Why...
  • [takes a bag at Simeon, then the traders walk at the brothers]
  • Joseph: No! Help me! Levi, please. Issachar. Simeon. Stop them. Judah. Judah, help me, please.
  • [the traders take Joseph]
  • Joseph: Please!
  • [he takes a coat to Judah]
  • Joseph: Judah, please!
  • Simeon: Judah, we can't turn back now. We've gone too far.
  • [the rope ties Joseph's hands]
  • Slave Trader: Hut, hut!
  • [the camel takes Joseph]
  • Joseph: I'm your brother! I'm your brother!
  • Judah: Half brother.
  • Slave Trader: Yah!
  • [the camel continues taking Joseph, then cut to a desert by evening, and night, then the traders sit be a fire, with Joseph shivering, then looking at a sunflower, then getting a sunflower, looking at a sunflower, then cut to Rachel and Jacob]
  • Rachel: Where could he have gone?
  • Jacob: Don't worry. I'm sure he's all right.
  • [they both hug]
  • Jacob: They boys will find him.
  • [the brothers walk to Rachel and Jacob]
  • Judah: Father. This is all we found. [looks at the coat of blood]
  • Rachel: [gasping] Joseph!
  • Jacob: No! Joseph!
  • Rachel: Joseph!
  • [they gasp]
  • Jacob: Oh, Rachel.
  • [Rachel continues sobbing, then cut back to Joseph, holding a sunflower, kicking him]
  • Slave Trader: Hey, wake up. [laughing, then the sunflower blows away, then Joseph puts a tear drop, then they continue taking Joseph, then they all go]
  • Men: [singing] Behold the glory, behold the wonder! What we have made shall not be torn asunder! Such vast achievement stone and papyrus! Beneath the gaze of Isis and Osiris! Land of majesty, where the heavens smile! Jewel of history shining by the Nile!
  • Man: Hey! Here. Exquisite, aren't they? Yes.
  • Slave Trader: [to the traders] Where's the slave market?
  • Lead Trader: Down by the docks.
  • [the camel takes Joseph]
  • Men: [continues singing] Serve and be silent, you who are chattel! We think of you as little more than cattle! This is your lot now and we advise you! To bow before whatever master buys you! Feel the power here, power has its practice!
  • Slave Trader: Let's go.
  • Men: [continues singing] Some can live like gods, some must sacrifice!
  • Man: What do you have?
  • Slave Trader: A Canaanite.
  • Men: [continues singing] Through the centuries, many backs have bent! Many dreams are built! Many lives are spent!
  • Man: Move, slave! Get in line.
  • Lead Trader: Slaves for sale! Buy this one!
  • Man: Now, let's have a look at him. Let me see his teeth. Hmm. Mm-hmm. He's too skinny. This is more like it. Careful.
  • Slave Trader: The captain of the guard needs a slave for his household. I have one you might like, slave.
  • Man: Thirty pieces. Hmm. He looks hardly enough. Lord Potiphar!
  • Potiphar: He'll do.
  • Man: Ah. Looks like we have some work to do.
  • Men: [continues singing] Look and be humbled, learn what your places is Egyptian slave! No matter what your race is! This is your future, your life suspended! And everything you knew before had ended! You are Egypt's now! We have all control!
  • Joseph: Hey!
  • Men: [continues singing] From your every step! To your very soul!
  • Man: Hold still. You're done. He's ready for work.
  • [he walks away, then looking at the reflection in the water, then the bucket lands on the water, then taking a towel, then he dries off]
  • Man: It's not for your face. It's for the floor.
  • Joseph: [washes up the floor] Ow! [looks at the hands, then transforming the brothers in the water]
  • Simeon: Hey, Joseph, you missed a spot.
  • Levi: It's different from doing real work, isn't it?
  • [Joseph puts the towel on the water, looking at all the brothers]
  • Reuben: No more baby soft hands. Who bows now, little brother?
  • [they all laugh, then he dries the water off]
  • Potiphar: You there.
  • [he gasps]
  • Potiphar: Have you cleaned this entire courtyard by yourself?
  • Joseph: Yes.
  • Zuleika: He's a hard worker. Hmm. Maybe we could put him to better use in the banquet hall.
  • Potiphar: My wife thinks you should work for her. What do you say?
  • Joseph: I cannot say. A slave is not his own master.
  • Potiphar: Well said. Find him some new clothes. Then get someone else to finish here.
  • Attendant: Yes, my lord.
  • [Zuleika walks to Joseph, then Joseph gets up, then Kia goes on the table]
  • Woman: Hey, kitty, kitty, kitty! Come on. Who brought the cat? Here, kitty, kitty, kitty. Oh, stop that.
  • [he chuckles]
  • Asenath: Come down! Aunt Zuleika, I'm sorry. I'll get it down from there. Please come down. Come here, kitty.
  • Joseph: Come here. Look at this.
  • [Kia drinks milk]
  • Asenath: Hmm. She seems to like you. [grabs Kia] Thank you. I haven't seen you here before.
  • Joseph: Oh, I'm new.
  • Zuleika: Asenath.
  • Asenath: Coming, Aunt Zuleika. Good-bye.
  • [he sighs, then painting]
  • Zuleika: Joseph, come here. I'm waiting.
  • Joseph: I'm coming! [runs down the stairs, then walking to Asenath] Oh! Sorry, Asenath. Oh!
  • Joseph: What?
  • Asenath: I don't think you want my aunt seeing you like this. That's better.
  • Joseph: Thanks. [hears a horse whinnying]
  • Zuleika: Slave.
  • Joseph: Oh, yes, of course.
  • Potiphar: [riding on a horse] Hyah! Hyah!
  • Zuleika: What a magnificent animal.
  • Potiphar: Faster. Faster. Ah! [laughing]
  • Zuleika: Slave. I'm in the sun.
  • Potiphar: Hyah! Ho! [laughing] Whoa!
  • Horse Trader: Well?
  • Potiphar: You were right. He's all that you promised. I haven't seen a finer horse in all of Egypt.
  • Horse Trader: I'm glad Your Excellency is pleased. There is still one small matter.
  • Potiphar: Oh, yes. As we agreed. [takes a bag of coins, then putting on a scale]
  • Horse Trader: Oh, forgive me, but something is not quite right.
  • Potiphar: I thought I brought the right amount.
  • Horse Trader: You're a busy man. Anyone can make a mistake.
  • [Potiphar puts silver on a scale]
  • Horse Trader: He's yours. Pharaoh himself would be jealous.
  • Potiphar: Yes, he's a fine horse.
  • Joseph: [looks at a scale, then grabbing the tents, sliver and the bag] Master, I think you should see this.
  • Horse Trader: Uh... Get away from that. Don't touch it!
  • Joseph: Well, look at that.
  • Horse Trader: Well, I... It's broken. Your Excellency, I had no idea.
  • Potiphar: Of course not. You're a busy man. Anyone can make a mistake. And yours is going to cost you your freedom.
  • Horse Trader: Please, keep the stallion as a gift from me.
  • Potiphar: No. Take him away.
  • Horse Trader: I have a dozen more horses! Take them all! Please, anything!
  • [Potiphar grabs a bag]
  • Zuleika: Potiphar, you should keep it. You said it was the finest in all Egypt.
  • Potiphar: Own a horse taken from a thief? What would that say about my honor?
  • Zuleika: [scoffs] You and your honor.
  • Potiphar: [to Joseph] You've done well. What's your name?
  • Joseph: Joseph.
  • Potiphar: Joseph. You're an educated slave. Where did you learn?
  • Joseph: My father taught me.
  • Potiphar: Ah. He taught you well. Tell me what else your father has taught you.
  • [they all walk away]
  • Potiphar: I can read and write Egyptian.
  • Man: [singing] A boy looks up and sees a golden gift of chance.
  • Joseph: What a mess.
  • Potiphar: Good luck. [walks away]
  • Man: [singing] To prove his worth and make the best of what might seem. A dire circumstance. Onward and onward the slow and steady climb.
  • Joseph: Master.
  • Potiphar: Let's have a look.
  • Man: [singing] Task upon task that can lift him to summit over time.
  • Potiphar: Well done, Joseph.
  • Man: [singing] You've got to take whatever road's at your feet. You've got to make whatever progress you can. Although the map you hold is far from complete. You've got to take whatever road's at your feet.
  • [they laugh, then putting feet by stomping, then taking a bowl to Potiphar]
  • Potiphar: To a good year, and to your friend.
  • [they both laugh, then painting on the wall, then putting the hand on the wall, then looking at a sun, then men with hay]
  • Judah; My neck is killing me. It's too early for this.
  • [Jacob puts water in a bucket, then butterflies on a sunflower, then Rachel with Jacob walking by by sitting, then they hug]
  • Jacob: Rachel.
  • Asenath: Joseph.
  • Joseph: Huh?
  • Asenath: Shh!
  • Joseph: W-Why are hou here? Is something wrong?
  • Asenath: No. This land, it's not Egypt. Is this your home?
  • Joseph: Canaan.
  • Asenath: Please, tell me more about Canaan.
  • [he sighs]
  • Joseph: This is the place where I was born. These are the sunflowers my mother planted. This is my, uh... My...
  • Asenath: Family? You miss them, don't you?
  • Joseph: My brothers. They betrayed me!
  • Asenath: Joseph, we are your family now.
  • Joseph: Huh?
  • Asenath: We care for you here. We... I feel you are special.
  • Joseph: What? No. W-Why have you come here tonight?
  • Asenath: To be with you.
  • Joseph: No. This is not right.
  • Asenath: Joseph. Look at me.
  • Joseph: No. I will not betray my master.
  • Asenath: I'm talking to you.
  • Joseph: No! Stop! No!
  • Asenath: Wait! I order you to stay! [rips his shirt off]
  • Joseph: No!
  • Asenath: Everything you are, you owe to me
  • [he continues running away by wall, by hearing Asenath screaming, then the men appear at Joseph, then laying to the ground]
  • Joseph: You stood apart from the other slaves.
  • Potiphar: I let you work in my home. I kept you from hard labor, and you did well for me. Or so I thought.
  • Joseph: Master...
  • Potiphar: No other slave was ever given this opportunity! I gave you my trust. What do you say for yourself?
  • Joseph: I did nothing wrong.
  • Potiphar: And still you insult me with your denials! What am I to make of this?
  • [Zuleika continues sobbing]
  • Joseph: It's not what it seems. I could never betray you.
  • Potiphar: Such insolence! Am I to believe a slave over my own wife?
  • Joseph: I swear. I did nothing to betray you.
  • Potiphar: Silence! For what have you done, you must be put to death. See to it.
  • Joseph: No, no. Master, Master, I beg you. Tell him! Help me! Tell him that...
  • [the guard grabs Joseph]
  • Joseph: Help me! Please!
  • Zuleika: Stop. He doesn't deserve to die.
  • Potiphar: Why? I see. Take him to prison.
  • [the men take Joseph]
  • Joseph: Wait, master. No! Please! Believe me! I did nothing wrong!
  • [Zuleika walks to Potiphar, then he takes the hat off, then sitting down, then putting the hand out, then the man opens the door]
  • Joseph: This is a mistake!
  • [kicks Joseph to the ground, then closing the door]
  • Joseph: [getting up] I did nothing wrong.
  • Butler: Yeah, we know you're innocent. [sleeps back]
  • [the mice run at Joseph, yelling while running, then walking backwards, then covering in a blanket, then sleeping, then Baker grabs an onion]
  • Butler: I know it sounds crazy, but it was so real.
  • Baker: I was up all night with my own dreams. Now you wanna take up my day with yours? [eats an onion, spitting, then throwing away]
  • Butler: No. Just listen. I was back at Pharaoh's palace, in a garden of grapes that had three old vines. A tear fell from my eye, and the vines drank it in. They became so thick with grapes, that I squeezed them into a cup and served it to Pharaoh.
  • Baker: That is quite a dream.
  • Joseph: [uncovers a blanket] I know what your dream means.
  • Butler: You do? How could you?
  • Joseph: I just do. It's some kind of gift. The three vines signify three days. In three days, Pharaoh will bring you back to the palace a free man.
  • Butler: [sighing] If only it were true.
  • Joseph: It is true. And when you're free, tell Pharaoh about my gift. Please. Promise me.
  • Baker: Some gift. To make up fairy tales and give hope to the foolish.
  • Butler: Maybe he's not making it up.
  • Baker: All right, then. Here's one I've had every night for the last week. I'm taking three baskets of bread to Pharaoh, one on top of the other, when the baskets fall. I go to pick up the bread, when suddenly a swarm of birds come out of nowhere and attack me. They keep pecking at me in the face and the eyes. What does it mean?
  • Joseph: I don't know. [walks away]
  • Baker: Yes, you do. Tell me. [to Joseph] Tell me!
  • Joseph: [shakes his head] The three baskets also signify three days. In three days, Pharaoh will behead you, and birds will feed on your flesh.
  • Baker: What? You're lying. You're lying!
  • Butler: Stop it! [grabs Baker, getting off of Joseph] Don't pay attention to him. We're not going anywhere.
  • [the mice run away, then pouring water on the plant, then eating an onion, then grabbing the onion, then the guards open the door]
  • Guard: Take him.
  • [the guard grabs Baker]
  • Baker: You knew. You knew! That's not a gift! That's a curse!
  • Guard: Pharaoh has summoned you to the palace.
  • Butler: Why? What did I do?
  • Guard: Let's go. [grabs Butler]
  • Joseph: It's gonna be all right. You'll see. Tell Pharaoh about me.
  • Butler: I will.
  • [the guard closes the door by Joseph]
  • Butler: Don't forget me! Don't forget me!
  • [closing the door by the guards, then fade to black, then cut at night]
  • Joseph: Guard! Tell them I'm still here! Answer me! [sighing] No one cares. [walks away, then hearing a thunderclap, pouring rain, then putting the basket of food down to Joseph, gasping]
  • Joseph: Asenath!
  • Guard: Halt! Who's there?
  • [Asenath lets go of the basket, falling down]
  • Joseph: No!
  • [the basket breaks, then the mice grab the food, then trying to grab the mice, then putting hands on the mouth]
  • Joseph: Oh, God why are you doing this to me? Do you hear me? Any kindness, you take away. You were the one who gave me the dreams. You brought me the gift. Some gift! My dreams are lies! What have I done to deserve this? [falls to the ground, screaming, then getting up, looking at the branch and the leaf, then touching a branch, setting back up]
  • Man: [singing] I thought I did what's right, I thought I had the answers, I thought I chose the surest road. But that road brought me here. So I put up a fight, and told you how to help me. Now, just when I have given up, the truth is coming clear. You know better than I, you know the way. I've let go the need to know why. For you know better than I. If this has been a test I cannot see the reason, but maybe knowing "I don't know" is part of getting through. I try to do what's best and faith has made it easy, to see the best thing I can do is put my trust in you. For you know better than I. You know the way, I've let go the need to know why. For you know better than I. I saw one cloud and thought it was the sky. I saw a bird and thought that I could follow. But it was you who taught that hird to fly, if I let you reach me, will you teach me? For you know better than I! You know the way! I've let go the need to know why! I'll take what answers you supply, you know better than I.
  • [cut to Potiphar, walking to the door, sighing, then opening a door, looking at Joseph]
  • Joseph: Potiphar?
  • Potiphar: [puts hands behind his back] Pharaoh's butler said you interpret dreams.
  • Joseph: That is true. And?
  • Potiphar: Pharaoh is tortured by a dream. None of his wise men can explain it. I'm to bring you to the palace.
  • Joseph: Potiphar? It's good to see you again.
  • Potiphar: How could I have allowed this to happen? My wife...
  • Joseph: I understand. Let's go.
  • [they both walk away, then holding the door, looking at a tree, then closing the door, then cut to the palace, taking a bowl]
  • Pharaoh: For the sake of Egypt, relieve my suffering. [puts the bowl down, then the men put clothes on Pharaoh, then grabbing the cane and stick, then they all walk] Is this the one you spoke of?
  • Potiphar: Yes, Excellency.
  • Pharaoh: [to Joseph] I'm told you merely need to hear a dream, and you can explain it.
  • Joseph: Not me, Your Excellency. The explanation comes from God.
  • Pharaoh: None of my wise men or magicians, none of my gods could help me. What makes you think your God is any different? [walks away]
  • Joseph: Tell me your dream, Pharaoh.
  • Pharaoh: Every night it's the same. I am standing by the Nile. Seven healthy cows graze peacefully on the banks.
  • [the cows hear thunderclap]
  • Pharaoh: But then seven horrible, sickly cows come from the same river, the most wretched I have ever seen in Egypt. Suddenly they begin to devour the healthy cattle, and yet the cows remain as sickly as before. And then I wake up.
  • Joseph: Is there more?
  • Pharaoh: Yes. Another dream always follows. Seven ears of grain, full and golden, grow from a single stalk.
  • [the branch grows from a ground]
  • Pharaoh: Suddenly, seven ears, hardened and scorched, spring up on the same stalk, and swallow the seven good ears. All that remains are shriveled grains unfit to eat, and nothing else. Well?
  • Joseph: Pharaoh's dreams are one. The healthy cows and ears of grain are seven years of abundance.
  • [cuts the hay, then taking to the man, then throwing]
  • Joseph: The sickly cows amd the withered grain, mean seven years of famine will follow, and destroy the land. Egypt may not survive.
  • Pharaoh: Can this be stopped? What can be done?
  • Joseph: [takes the berries out] You must find a man you can trust. During the years plenty, have him collect one-fifth of the grain from every field and store it under guard. Then, during the years of famine, give it back to the people.
  • Pharaoh: Potiphar, you trust this man?
  • Potiphar: With my life, Excellency.
  • [they all walk to the crowd, then silencing]
  • Potiphar: Through this man, I have seen the future of Egypt. And through his deeds, we shall prosper. [puts around Joseph, then the crowd cheer, then Potiphar bows down] I am giving hime power over all Egypt. Only Pharaoh will be greater. You shall call him "Tzafenat Paneah." God speaks, and he lives.
  • Crowd: Tzafenat Paneah! Tzafenat Paneah!
  • [he walks away, then looking at Asenath, petting Kia, then putting the bowl down]
  • Asenath: Hey. Kia, come back here. Hmm.
  • [Kia licks the water, then he clears throat, then gasping]
  • Asenath: Tzafenat Paneah.
  • [he touches Asenath]
  • Joseph: Joseph.
  • [they both walk away, then kissing, then they all cheer, then picking the dirt, then dropping]
  • Man: [singing] A single voice is joined by multitudes in song. With every verse, they're finding harmonies.
  • Men: Good morning.
  • Man: [continues singing] That rise to Heaven sure and strong.
  • Asenath: Hey. We've come to help.
  • Man: [continues singing] Richer and richer, the soil.
  • Potiphar: Great!
  • Man: [singing] On which they thrive. Higher and higher a hymn of what it means to be alive. You've got to give a little more than you take. You've got to leave a little more than was here. You may be prideful of the strides you will make. But keep one thing clear. You're just a player in a much bigger plan. And still you have to give it all that you can. The very measure of your soul is at stake, you've got to give a little more than you take.
  • [the man cuts the grass]
  • Woman: [singing] The seasons fly, a man stands where a boy once stood. His path unfolds and unafraid he walks in service of a greater good.
  • Both: [singing] Deeper and deeper, the lessons he has known. Over and over, the message he is surely being shown, you've got to give a little more than you take. You've got to leave a little more than was here. You may be prideful of the strides you will make. But keep one thing clear. You're just a player in a much bigger plan. And still you have to give it all that you can. The very measure of your soul is at stake. You've got to give a little more than you take. The very measure of a soul is at stake. You've got to give a little more than you take.
  • [the men build the piece by sliding back into place, then the wind blows the crops away, then picking a branch, then breaking a branch, then they pull a bucket, then they dump out, then the crow lands on the skeleton, then they all lock the statues, then the men wait in the marketplace]
  • Potiphar: Next. How many in your family.
  • Woman: Five.
  • Potiphar: Fine.
  • Woman: Thank you, my lord.
  • [the man dumps the crops in the bag]
  • Potiphar: Next, please.
  • Woman: A long life for you, Excellency.
  • Pharaoh: And for you.
  • Potiphar: And here's a responsible young man. How many in your family?
  • Menna: Four, my lord.
  • Potipher: Very good.
  • [they both walk to a man, then the man dumps the crops in the bag]
  • Pharaoh: Hi there. What's your name?
  • Menna: Menna. And this is my sister Nyla. I'm looking after her while my parents tend the sheep.
  • Pharaoh: Are you here for some grain too?
  • [she gasps, then Pharaoh takes a bag to Menna and Nyla, laughing]
  • Menna: Thank you!
  • Nyla: Bye! [drops a toy on the ground, then Judah grabs a toy, crying out]
  • Judah: [takes it back to Nyla] Here you go.
  • Potiphar: Who's next?
  • Judah: We are, my lord.
  • Potiphar: You are not an Egyptian.
  • Judah: No, sir. My brothers and I have traveled far, from Canaan.
  • [he runs away, then taking the hat off]
  • Asenath: Joseph, what's wrong?
  • Joseph: Nothing.
  • Asenath: [to Joseph] Look at you. You're shaking.
  • Joseph: It must be the sun. I'll be fine.
  • Judah: Please. Our wives and children are hungry.
  • Potiphar: I'm sorry, but you haven't contributed your supply.
  • Simeon: We don't ask for charity. We'll pay you with silver.
  • [they both grin, thinking that Joeph takes the bag to Judah, then cut back]
  • Potiphar: How many are you?
  • Judah: There are 12 of us. Ten of us here. At home, we have our father and youngest brother.
  • Potiphar: Very well. Give them...
  • Joseph: Nothing! Ten foreigners asking for grain, no ties to Egypt. Are you thieves, hoping to see where we store our grain? Spies? I don't know what you are, but I don't believe your story.
  • Judah: Your Excellency, everything we say is true. I swear it.
  • Joseph: Then prove it! Produce this youngest brother.
  • Judah: But why?
  • Simeon: What would that prove?
  • Joseph: That you're not lying. If you're telling the truth, I'll let you buy all the grain you want. Till then, arrest this one! We'll hold him until you produce this youngest brother. Take him.
  • [the men grab Simeon]
  • Judah: Stop!
  • Simeon: Judah, help me!
  • Guard: No!
  • Simeon: No! No! No!
  • Guard: Let's go.
  • [they hear a door slamming shut by looking at Judah]
  • Asenath: Joseph, what are you doing? They're just trying to feed their families.
  • Joseph: They're thieves, here to steal our grain.
  • Asenath: [scoffs] They needed food, and they were prepared to pay for it. How can you say they're thieves? They've done nothing to you.
  • Joseph: [scoffs] Nothing? [sighing] They're my brothers?
  • Asenath: What?
  • Joseph: They sold me. They sold me into slavery. They took me away from my home. I never got to say good-bye to my mother. I never got to see my father grow old.
  • Asenath: Joseph, I... I didn't know. You're here now. You have a home, a wife who loves you, everything you could want.
  • Joseph: No. Not everything. [looking at Judah]
  • Asenath: I thought you learned something in that cell. Remember when I would bring food to you?
  • Joseph: Yes. It kept me going.
  • [they both hug]
  • Simeon: Hey! You won't keep me here. My brothers will come for me. [echoing] My brothers will come.
  • [he walks away]
  • Asenath: Joseph. [singing] How long must there be anger here before we can rejoice. Embracing love instead of fear is but a simple choice. It's hard for me to see you fall so bitter and so blind. When the truest nature of us all invites us to be kind. Bloom, bloom, may you know. The wisdom only time breeds. There's room, bloom and you'll grow to follow where your heart leads. Bloom and may you live. The way your life was meant to be. There's room, bloom and forgive.
  • Potiphar: Tzafenat Paneah! The family of Canaanites. They've returned.
  • Asenath: [continues singing] Let sweet compassion set you free.
  • Joseph: Thank you.
  • Asenath: Maybe they've suffered these last 20 years, as well. Maybe they've changed.
  • Joseph: [puts the coat on] No. I don't think so.
  • [Asenath hears a door closing, then looking at the brothers]
  • Judah: Don't speak unless you're spoken to.
  • Levi: Hmm. Don't worry. It'll be all right.
  • Joseph: [he appears, then they all bow down] Welcome.
  • [they all get up]
  • Joseph: You've done what I've asked?
  • Judah: Our brother, Benjamin.
  • Joseph: [walks to Benjamin, then they grin] You kept your word. Bring out the other brother. So, Benjamin, tell me of your mother and father.
  • Benjamin: My mother is no longer alive.
  • Joseph: Oh. I-I'm sorry. And your father?
  • Benjamin: He's worried that I'm here.
  • Joseph: Why is that?
  • Benjamin: I'm a long say from home.
  • Joseph: Oh? Doesn't he trust your brothers to protect you?
  • Benjamin: He likes me to stay close by.
  • Joseph: Really? Why is that?
  • Benjamin: A long time ago, he... he lost his youngest son.
  • Joseph: Well, I'm sorry to hear that. How did that happen?
  • Benjamin: He was killed.
  • Joseph: Killed? How?
  • Benjamin: By wolves.
  • Joseph: Wolves?
  • Benjamin: Yes. It broke my father's heart.
  • Joseph: Well, it must have been very hard on your brothers too.
  • Benjamin: They never speak of it.
  • Joseph: Don't they?
  • Simeon: Benjamin!
  • All: Simeon!
  • [they all walk to Simeon, hugging him]
  • Simeon: I was beginning to worry.
  • Joseph: [clapping his hands] You must be hungry after your journey. Come. You'll be my guests.
  • [they hear a traditional music playing, bringing food, then spinning around, then pouring inside cups, then Bulter takes the napkin off the cup, then taking it to Joseph, then stops]
  • Joseph: A toast, to brothers.
  • All: To brothers!
  • [the traditional music continues playing, then they take the food, then Joseph sits down, holding a cup, looking at it, then they take a food, then they all walk, with Asenath walking down]
  • Judah: Stop this. You have no right. We've done nothing wrong.
  • [Joseph walks down]
  • Asenath: What's going on? Why have they been arrested? Joseph, what are you doing?
  • Joseph: You'll see.
  • Reuben: Get back in place. Get back in...
  • Joseph: I give you food. I take you into my home. And this is how you repay me, by stealing?
  • Reuben: We wouldn't steal from you. We'd never do such a thing.
  • Joseph: Now you insult me by lying.
  • Reuben: What?
  • Joseph: [takes a sword out] One of you has stolen from me. [tears a bag, then tearing all of the bags, dumping out] Benjamin. [opens a bag, then tearing apart, then the golden cup rolls on the ground to Joseph] The favored one.
  • Benjamin: I didn't take it!
  • Joseph: Arrest him. For what you have done, you will be punished.
  • Benjamin: Someone put it in there. Ow!
  • Judah: Stop! Take me instead. I beg you.
  • Simeon: No. Take me.
  • Reuben: Take me.
  • All: Take me! Take me!
  • Judah: Take any of us, your grace, but, please, let the boy go.
  • Joseph: You would sacrifice yourselves for a half brother who's spoiled by your father?
  • Judah: Yes.
  • Joseph: Why? Why should you care if I take him, beat him, make him a slave?
  • Judah: Because I will not make my father suffer again.
  • Joseph: [lets go of Joseph] Again? What do you mean, "again"?
  • Judah: Our brother was not killed by wolves. We were blinded by jealousy and sold him into slavery. For 20 years, we have lived with that guilt.
  • [puts the sword on the ground]
  • Judah: We can't go back without the boy. My father could not bear it a second time. And neither could we. If anyone is to be punished, it should be us.
  • [they all look at Judah, holding on the clothing, sighing, then taking the hat off]
  • Joseph: I will not harm any of you or our father. I am your brother Joseph.
  • Judah: Joseph?
  • Reuben: It's Joseph. I can't believe you're here.
  • Simeon: How can it be?
  • Benjamin: Joseph?
  • Joseph: I have so much to tell you, so many questions to ask. [hugs Judah]
  • Judah: Oh, Joseph, can you ever forgive us?
  • Joseph: I already have. Can you forgive me for thinking I was some miracle from God?
  • Judah: But you are a miracle. God sent you to save our family and all of Egypt. And you did.
  • Joseph: Asenath? Please. I'd like you to meet my brothers.
  • All: Welcome. Pleasure to meet you.
  • Joseph: You will join me here, all of you, with your families.
  • Menna: Look!
  • [they all walk]
  • Judah: I see him! There he is!
  • Simeon: It's him! There he is!
  • [they both walk up]
  • Jacob: Joseph!
  • Joseph: Father. [runs to Jacob] Father! Father!
  • [the brothers put bags down, then taking the hat off]
  • Joseph: Father!
  • Jacob: Joseph. My boy. My boy. [puts the stick down]
  • [last lines]
  • Jacob: Your mother prayed this day would come, that we'd all be together again as a family. It's a miracle.
  • Joseph: Yes, Father. It is a miracle.
  • [Jacob picks up Menna]
  • Man: [singing] Oh, you know better than I! You know the way! I've let go the need to know why! I'll take what answers you supply, you know better than I.