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PEACHES

 

CHARACTERS:

FATHER

MOTHER

VANIA

SERGUEI

VOLODIA

VASILIA

GRISCHA  (NO DIALOGUES)

 

 

SCRIPT:

 

 

SCENE I

 

 

(In Russia.  Father enters the living room with a box full of peaches)

 

 

FATHER: Look what I brought you!.  Come and see this!.

 

 

(Mother, Vania, Serguei, Volodia, Vasilia, enter)

 

 

MOTHER: What’s the emergency!.

 

 

VANIA, SERGUEI, VOLODIA, AND VASILIA: What is it?.  What do you have in that box?.

 

 

FATHER: Look what your uncle sent you!.

 

 

(Father opens the big box.  Vania, Serguei, Volodia, and Vasilia look inside the box)

 

 

VANIA: Red apples!.

 

 

(Serguei touches the fruit)

 

 

SERGUEI: I don’t think they are apples.  Touch them, they are so soft!.

 

 

(Vania, Serguei, Volodia, and Vasilia touch the fruit)

 

 

VANIA, SERGUEI, VOLODIA, AND VASILIA: You’re right!.  They feel like velvet.

 

 

FATHER: They are peaches.

 

 

VANIA, SERGUEI, VOLODIA, AND VASILIA: Peaches?.  What are peaches?.

 

 

FATHER: Your uncle grew them in his greenhouse.  Peaches only grow in warm climate countries.

 

 

VOLODIA: What is a greenhouse?.

 

 

FATHER: A greenhouse is a structure with glass or plastic roof and walls.  Your uncle told me that the sun heats the plants, and during winter he uses a stove to maintain the temperature warm.

 

 

MOTHER: I would like to eat one.

 

 

(Father gives Mother the biggest peach)

 

 

FATHER: The biggest one is for you.

 

(Father gives a peach to each to Vania, Serguei, Volodia, and Vasilia)

 

 

FATHER: Taste them, and then tell me what you think.

 

 

(Vania, Serguei, Volodia, and Vasilia take a peach and leave)

 

 

SCENE II

 

 

(Father and his family are having dinner)

 

 

FATHER: So, tell me.  What do you think about the fruit?.

 

 

SERGUEI: It was delicious!.   I want to plant the seed, because I want to have a peach tree!.

 

 

FATHER: Maybe when you grow up, you will be a farmer.

 

 

VANIA: It was so delicious that I ate it all.  My mom gave me half of hers, but I threw away the seed.

 

 

FATHER: What about you, Vasilia?.

 

 

VASILIA: When Vania threw away the seed, I picked it up and I smashed it.  It was really hard!. Then I ate something it had inside which tasted like nuts, but it was bitter.

 

 

FATHER: What did you do with your peach?.

 

 

VASILIA: I sold it.

 

 

FATHER: Ha, ha, ha, you sold it?.  Then when you grow up you will be a merchant.  What about you Volodia?.  Did you like it?.

 

 

VOLODIA: I don’t know.

 

 

FATHER: What do you mean you don’t know?.  Didn’t you eat it?.

 

 

VOLODIA: I gave it to Grischa.  He is sick.  When I showed him the peach, he just looked at it. I gave it to him, but he didn’t want to take it, so I just left it beside his bed, and I left the room.

 

 

FATHER: (hugs Volodia) Oh, God will reward you for what you did for your brother.

 

 

THE END

 

 

Author: Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

 

 

Russian: 29 December 1882 — February 23, 1945

 

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

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