Peace in the Old West

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 Click here to read this playscript in Spanish: LA PAZ EN EL VIEJO OESTE

 

 

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©  PEACE IN THE OLD WEST

 

 

 

CHARACTERS:

INDIAN CHIEF

INDIAN  MAN 1

INDIAN MAN 2

INDIAN MAN 3

INDIAN MAN 4

INDIAN WOMAN 1

INDIAN WOMAN 2

INDIAN WOMAN 3

INDIAN WOMAN 4

INDIAN WOMAN 5

INDIAN WOMAN 6

COWGIRL 1

COWGIRL 2

COWGIRL 3

SHERIFF

SHERIFF HELPER

COWBOY 1

COWBOY 2

COWBOY 3

COWBOY 4

TREE

 

 

Props:  Map, bundle of dry grass for smoke signals, stones, gold coins, toy arrows, toy guns, indian costumes, cowboy/cowgirl costumes, a big cardboard tree or a boy/girl dressed as a tree.

 

 

SCRIPT:

 

 

 ACT I –  AT THE INDIAN RESERVATION

 

 

 (The Indians sit on the floor in a circle. Beside them, there is a dry bundle of grass to make smoke signals, and two stones. The indian chief stands up)

 

 

 INDIAN CHIEF:  Tonight we will attack the white man village!.

 

 

 INDIAN WOMAN 1:  Why?.

 

 

 INDIAN MAN 1:  Because they stole our land and our cattle!.

 

 

INDIAN  MAN 4: (stands and takes gold coins from her bag/purse) Yes, but we also stole their gold.

 

 

INDIAN MAN 2:  I want revenge!.

 

 

INDIAN WOMAN 2: What about our people?.

 

 

 INDIAN WOMAN 3:  And our children?.

 

 

 INDIAN MAN 3:  White men don’t deserve our compassion!.

 

 

 INDIAN CHIEF:  We have to kill them all!.

 

 

 ALL THE INDIANS:  Yes!.  No mercy!.  No mercy!.

 

 

 (Indian Woman 2 gives a map to Indian Chief)

 

 

 INDIAN CHIEF:  Let’s plan our battle!.

 

 

 (He opens the map, sits, and points to a place in the map.  Indian 4 stands up)

 

 

 INDIAN 4:  I’ll build the fire to make war smoke signals! .

 

 

 (He approaches the bundle of dry grass, takes the two stones, and pretends to make a fire)

 

 

 ACT II – AT THE COWBOY’S VILLAGE

 

 

 (Sheriff is in his office. He is sleeping with his feet over the desk, covering his head with his hat.  Cowboy 1, Cowboy 2, and Cowboy 3 are in a table playing cards.  The Sherrif’s Helper enters)

 

 

 SHERIFF’S HELPER:  Sheriff!.  Wake up!.

 

 

 (Sheriff opens his eyes and stands.  Cowboy 1, 2, and 3 leave the cards on the desk and stand)

 

 

 SHERIFF:  What’s wrong?.

 

 

 SHERIFF’S HELPER:  I saw smoke signals, and that means war!.

 

 

 SHERIFF:  That’s impossible! .

 

 

 COWBOY 1:  But we defeated them a month ago!.

 

 

 COWBOY 2:  We have to warn our people!.

 

 

 COWBOY 3:  Let’s go.   We have to protect them!.

 

 

 COWBOY 4:  (looking at his gun)  Oh no, my gun is broken!.

 

 

 COWBOY 1, 2, AND 3:  So?.

 

 

 COWBOY 4:  I don’t want to die!.

 

 

 (Cowboy 1, 2, and 3 hit him on the head)

 

 

 SHERIFF:  Come on!.  (Sheriff, Sheriff’s Helper, Cowboy 1, Cowboy 2, and Cowboy 3 get out of the office and to the street.  Man and Woman talk to each other.  Sheriff yells)  The Indians are coming!.  Quick, get your weapons and let’s fight them!.  (The Indians approach.  An arrows falls near the Sheriff, and he picks it up) This is war!.

 

 

 (Indians and Cowboys start to fight.  The Indian Chief and the Sheriff stay away from the battle. An Indian and a Cowboy die and fall to the ground)

 

 

 COWGIRL 1: (throwing the gun to the ground)  Stop it!.

 

 

 COWGIRL 2:  (throwing the gun to the ground)  I want peace!.

 

 

 COWGIRL 3:  (throwing the gun to the ground)  I don’t want to fight!.

 

 

 COWGIRL 4: (throwing the gun to the ground)  I don’t want to die!.

 

 

 COWGIRL 5: (throwing the gun to the ground)  Put away your weapons!.

 

 

 INDIAN WOMAN 4: (throwing the gun to the ground)  No more hate!.

 

 

 INDIAN WOMAN 5: (throwing the gun to the ground)  Let’s live in peace!.

 

 

 INDIAN WOMAN 6:  (throwing the gun to the ground)  No more war!.

 

 

 (The Indian Chief and the Sheriff  approach)

 

 

 INDIAN CHIEF:  (to the Indians)  Throw away your arrows!.

 

 

 SHERIFF:  (to the Cowboys)  Throw away your guns!.

 

 

 (The Indian Chief takes an arrow and a gun.  Indian Woman 6 takes off a white ribbon from her dress, and ties together the arrow and the gun.  The Indian Chief and the Sheriff take them in their hands and head toward a big tree.  Indian 2 and Cowboy 1 pretend to dig a hole under the tree.  Indian Chief and Sheriff place the weapons in the hole) From now on, we will be one family.

 

 

 INDIAN CHIEF:  We will be one body, one heart, and one soul.  Nothing will destroy us!.

 

 

 (Indians and Cowboys join hands)

 

 

 THE END

 

 

 Author:  K I D S I N C O

 

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