Dream Killer (2013)
A play by Destinn P.
CHARACTERS: SMOOTH the Peach Tree, age 2.
STRAIGHT UP the Squirrel, age 2.
SETTING: The backyard of the President of the United States, Barack
There is a swimming pool nearby and the White House.
TIME: Present day, summer at 1:00 in the afternoon on Saturday
AT RISE: Straight Up is lying down on a branch asleep. SMOOTH
about his dream, meditating.
(Throws a peach at Straight Up the Squirrel) Hey, Straight Up! Wake up!
Uhhhg, what do you want?
I have an idea.
Well, what is it?
Maybe if I talk to you and practice, I?ll be the best motivational speaker
(he laughs) How you gonna be a motivational speaker if I can?t even
motivate you to holla at a girl?
That?s why I wanna practice.
So that?s why you woke me up?
C?mon, I?ll give you a peach.
(Disgusted look) Ohhhh no that?s okay. I?m fine.
Ever since I motivated that bird, I?ve been determined to keep pursuing my
That?s great. I?m tired right now, buddy. Can we maybe do it later?
Sure. Sorry for waking you.
(Aside) I paid a bird to act like he was sad and come talk to Smooth so
Smooth could ?motivate? him to not give up on life because if Smooth
motivates people, his sour peaches will turn sweet.
(To SMOOTH) It?s all right.
Hey, Straight Up, one more thing.
What?s your dream?
I?ll tell you when I wake up.
No, I mean what?s your dream in life.
Uhhh, I?m tired, tell you later.
(End of scene)
(Straight Up the Squirrel just woke up)
Hey Smooth, you up?
Yesss sir. What's up?
I?m gonna step out for a minute and get something to eat. I?ll be back in a
Why don?t you eat some of my peaches?
(gets nervous) Well, I mean?I?m a squirrel. I need some nuts in my life. I
can?t eat peaches all the time.
I guess you do.
Want me to bring you some nuts?
Naah. I?m alright. Think you could get me some water though?
No prob (leaves for 30 minutes, then returns).
(Aside) While Straight Up was gone, Michelle came to me and took one of
my peaches and started eating it. But when she took her first bite, she spit
it out and shook her head. Then she said ?That?s it, we?re going to chop
this tree down!? Then she went back inside the house.
Here?s your water, buddy.
(Notices something wrong about SMOOTH)
What?s got you so sad? I was only gone for 30 minutes.
C?mon. I?m your best friend, you can tell me anything. Have some animals
been picking on you again?
Naah. Look it?s nothing, okay?
I?ve just been thinking a lot. That?s it!
Thinking about what? What?s on your mind?
Okay look, well my peaches are sweet right? Well why don?t other animals
come and eat them? I thought I would feel better once I did that, but really I
feel the same-lonely.
You?re not alone. You have me, and your peaches taste good. Watch, I?ma
show you (Straight Up eats one of SMOOTH?s disgusting peaches to try
and cheer him up. Straight Up does his best to try and keep a straight
See, they?re delicious.
(Aside) I am confused because I saw Michelle spit one out earlier and now
Straight Up is eating one and saying it?s good. Could my best friend be
lying to me?
(To Straight Up) Straight Up, are you lying to me?
(gets nervous) No! Why would you say that?
Because when you were gone Michelle came out and ate one of my
peaches and spit it out like it was the worst thing she ever had. Your name
is Straight Up, right?
Well why don?t you be STRAIGHT UP with Me cause it?s obvious you?re
Okay, fine. I?ma be straight up with you. Those peaches of yours are nasty!
They?re the worst thing I?ve ever tasted, and you never motivated any bird. I
just paid him to act like you did.
Well why did you lie, Straight Up?
Why would you lie to me about something like that? Why would my best
friend do me that way? Be straight up with me!
Okay, I?ma be Straight Up with you. I lied to you because I didn?t wanna
see you get your dream. I didn?t wanna see you pass me up in life because
My dream is to be loved just like you! My dream was to have a family and
raise them in this tree and have this tree all to ourselves. And if you got that
dream, my dream wouldn?t happen. And when my mom passed away right
in front of my eyes she told me to never let my dreams die, and I was
determined to do that.
Straight Up, I feel so sorry for you. I never knew your mom passed away in
front of your eyes or any of that. I?m truly sorry, but what you did was
unforgivable. Did you know you put my life in danger by lying to me?
They?re going to kill me because you lied to me about my peaches!
I want you out!
I understand. What I did was wrong and selfish and I accept the
consequences. I?m sorry for all the trouble I caused you Smooth, I love you
(SMOOTH is crying) Before you go Straight Up, I want you to know that
you can still achieve your goals if you just put your mind to it. You?re a very
smart and wise squirrel. (As they?re talking a tree chopping man comes in
and starts to chop Smooth). Straight Up, don?t let your dreams die.
Nooooooo!!! (SMOOTH dies but as he dies sweet peaches emerge from