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K.C.ís Dream (a one-act play)
By Brenda B. Covert
  

Cast
(in order of appearance)
K.C. -  boy or girl in pajamas
Harriet Tubman -  old-fashioned clothing with bandanna around her head
George Washington Carver -  shirt and dress pants, carrying a bag marked "Peanuts"
Madam C.J. Walker -  stylish hair and blouse with floor-length skirt
Nat King Cole -  shirt and button-down sweater or sweater vest, old style
Martin Luther King Jr. -  business suit
Oprah Winfrey -  classy outfit, big hair, and microphone
Michael Jordan -  basketball uniform (Chicago Bulls or similar) and basketball
Chorus -  two or more children dressed in matching robes or jeans and t-shirts


Setting: a child's bedroom at night. Bed sits center stage with head upstage and foot downstage. A large pillow allows K.C.'s head to be seen even when reclining. A chair sits on each side of the bed.


K.C.:  (enters and sits on edge of bed, facing audience) I'm glad this day is over. Some kids were mean to me just because I'm black. (Shakes head) I don't know why they think they're better than me. My teacher says we're all created equal. I don't know what to think. What if they're right? (Gets into bed, pulls covers up to chin, lies head on pillow, and quickly falls asleep)


[CHORUS of children quietly walks single file
to the head of the bed and lines up behind it.]


HARRIET TUBMAN:  (entering stage right to stand beside bed, facing audience. Speaks firmly) K.C., you and I need to have a talk.


K.C.:  (jerks up, rubbing eyes) What? Who's there?


HARRIET TUBMAN:  It's me, child, Harriet Tubman.


K.C.:  (staring) The Harriet Tubman? The runaway slave? In my bedroom? (Puts hands over eyes) I must be dreaming!


HARRIET TUBMAN:  (sitting in chair) Listen to me. (K.C. puts hands down to look at TUBMAN) I was born into slavery. I saw a lot of injustice in my life, but I didn't let it hold me down. I escaped! I found freedom!


K.C.:  I know! And you helped a lot of other slaves escape to freedom too! If you had been caught, you could have been killed. You were so brave!


HARRIET TUBMAN:  (proudly) I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say. I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.


K.C.:  Why are you in my bedroom?


HARRIET TUBMAN:  (patting K.C. on the shoulder) Our people had to be strong and brave to survive slavery. I'm here to tell you to be brave. Believe in yourself!


CHORUS:  Believe in yourself!


HARRIET TUBMAN:  Don't listen to people who want to put you down. Choose to do the right thing, and you can't go wrong.


[GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER enters from stage left]


CARVER:  (smiling as if at an old friend) Hello, Harriet. I thought I might find you here.


HARRIET TUBMAN:  (motioning him closer with her arm) Come on over here, George.


CARVER:  (moving to stand on the stage left side of the bed) Hello, K.C. Let me introduce myself. I'm George Washington Carver. (He offers his hand)


K.C.:  (stunned and delighted, rising to knees to shake hands) The peanut butter guy?


CARVER:  (chuckles) You could say that. I was born free near the end of the Civil War. I grew up to become a chemist and teacher. I did a lot of work with peanuts, pecans, soy beans, and sweet potatoes.


HARRIET TUBMAN:  George had a strong mind and a big heart. He refused to profit from most of his discoveries. His goal was to make life better for southern farmers.


CARVER:  (sitting in the chair) Now, Harriet, don't go bragging on me. Who else but farmers feed America? Helping farmers was my way of helping everyone. I couldn't put a price tag on that.


K.C.:  (sitting cross-legged on bed) So why are you in my bedroom?


CARVER:  I'm here to remind you of the importance of education. (Rising and speaking to the audience) Our people have been inventors and scientists. We have helped change the world. Believe in yourself.


CHORUS:  Believe in yourself!


CARVER:  Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. (Looking back to K.C.) Don't be like them. Work hard, get a good education, and you'll find success.


[MADAM C.J. WALKER enters from stage left and walks toward the bed]


K.C.:  Who are you?


MADAM WALKER:  (facing audience) I am Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of former slaves. I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself (points to her heart) into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.


K.C.:  Nice to meet you! (Holds out hand, which WALKER shakes)


[CARVER gives up his seat to her and stands beside it.]


MADAM WALKER:  Listen! Don't you think it would be difficult for an uneducated black woman in the early 1900's to become a successful business owner?


K.C.:  Well, yes. How did you do it?


MADAM WALKER:  (sitting forward on edge of chair) I worked at it, and I didn't give up! I knew I had a good product. I believed in myself. I knocked on doors until other people believed in me too!


CHORUS:  Believe in yourself!


MADAM WALKER:  (pointing in K.C.'s face) You want to know why I'm here tonight? (K.C. nods) I'm here to tell you that you can make it. Look at me! (Spreads arms wide) I made it at a time when our people didn't have the right to vote! I made it at a time when women didn't have a say in government! You (points at K.C.) have a lot more freedom than I had. Ignore those people who badmouth you. Let them be failures. They can't hold you back. Believe in yourself!


CHORUS, TUBMAN, CARVER:  Believe in yourself!


[NAT KING COLE enters from stage right]


HARRIET TUBMAN:  Well, look who's here!


CARVER:  Nat King Cole, come on over here and join the party!


K.C.:  (looking up at CARVER, speaking in a low voice) Who's Nat King Cole?


NAT KING COLE:  (smiling) My daddy was a preacher, and Mama was a piano teacher. I grew up to become a jazz pianist and singer!


[COLE moves to sit on the edge of the bed. K.C. moves forward to listen.]


NAT KING COLE:  They say that New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz. Lots of our people became famous for playing or singing jazz. Maybe you've heard of Louis [pronounced Louie] Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, or Ray Charles.


MADAM WALKER:  Tell him what's unforgettable about you, Nat!


NAT KING COLE:  (grinning) "Unforgettable" was the name of one of my most popular songs. I guess what Madam C.J. wants me to tell you is that I was the first African-American performer to have my own radio show. I was also the first to have a TV show!


K.C.:  Really? Wow!


NAT KING COLE:  I was a worldwide success, and part of that may have been because I showed a real interest in other cultures and languages. Of course I sang songs in English, but I also recorded songs in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese.



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