(An Alien X1 gets on stage. Walking slowly, looking around as if afraid of being seen by somebody. Reassured; he waves to his companions to follow him.)
X1 : Look! Isn’t this paradisaic !?
Y1: Wow! What a Shangri la!!
X2: Wow!! Never seen a planet like this!
Y3: Wow!! Look!( pointing at the horizon) It’s all green and blue there!
X1:Listen! Listen to life. Those wonderful sounds we’ve missed for so long!
Y2: Lucky we are to come across this planet.
Y1: For me, I won’t get back on that damned spacecraft.
Y3: We’ll settle here. It’s our new planet.
X2: We can’t. We need an unoccupied planet. This one has its own tenants!
X1: Yes, we saw them from above. What if they were inhospitable?
X2: We’ll certainly end up in experiment labs.
Y1: Hhhh; that gives me chills.
Y2: Yes, we can’t stay here. It’s too dangerous. Remember we are the last survivors of our race.
Y3: You are right. We have even more responsibility now. We have a civilization to keep up and transmit.
X1: Yes, but who knows how long we’ll have to roam space before we come across a planet like this one. I think we should try to communicate with those earthlings.
X2: No way! It’s too dangerous. We can’t take risks.
X1: Who risks nothing gets nothing. This planet is all we need and I am going nowhere else.
Y1: I like this planet ,too.
Y2: I am not sure it’s the right thing to do but I am with you, too.
Y3: The commander is right. This planet seems to be destined to us. You can count on me,too.
X2: But how can we lay hands on it without being noticed?
X1: Let’s think! ……. Didn’t you say humans dwell in here?
Y1: Yes, I even gathered some data concerning them.
X1: Great! I have a plan. But we’ll have to be patient and very careful.
Y2: If it’s the only way to lay hands on this paradise, we are ready commander, aren’t we?
Chorus: Of course we are.
X1: Great! Let me explain my plan . First we should all change our appearance and embrace that of humans. ( They all remove their masks. Now they look like human beings).
Y3: It feels strange to have a human appearance.
X2: We’ll have to do with it, no choice.
X1: Gather around! I’ll tell you what to do.
Chorus: Yes, commander. ( They all gather around him).( The commander whispers his plan to them.)
Y1: What a devilish plan you’ve concocted, commander!
X1: No time for praise. Disperse now! Do what you should do and meet here after the conquest. Good luck everybody.
Chorus: Yes, sir. Thank you , sir. ( They all leave taking different directions.)
SEVERAL YEARS LATER
Entering the five Aliens, elegantly dressed. They warmly greet each other.
X1: Congratulations friends! You’ve perfectly fulfilled your mission.
X2: Thanks to your plan mastermind.
Y1: In human skin we all dressed. With earthlings we secretly mixed.
Y2: As you suggested, The ladder of power we dutifully climbed.Their most powerful nations we at last headed.
Y3: We are now the ones who decide for the future of this planet.
X1: Great! How fine to hear that! I feel this planet will be ours soon thanks to your abnegation, patience and art.
Y2: We followed your instructions, sir!
X2: We focused on their weaknesses as you suggested, sir.
Y1: We bred in those tellurians the love for riches. We sowed greed and selfishness seeds in their hearts.
Y2: We taught them to contempt their planet and heedlessly exploit its generosity. We flattered their egos and made them condemn all other living species.
Y3: We confused males and females and made them manipulate each other. We attacked family haleness, destroyed family ties and patiently erased ethics from their souls. Fatherless cherubs roaming the world, no identity, no goal, no care for the others.
X1: How Genius!
X2: Guile, vice and decadence we made them adopt for a lifestyle. Halcyon Nature’s musical fugues we made them abhor. Sounds of bombs, shells and bullets made them revere. Sounds of sky poisoning machines we made them venerate.
Y1: No fear , sir. Those worldlings are doomed to disappear. There is no way back for them.
Y2:They are heading in a frantic pace to their perdition. Confusion has taken hold of their lives.
Y3:they are no longer privy to what is good and what is evil.
X2: Their planet won’t be propitious for them to live in soon. Signs are already there and they can do nothing about it.
X1: Thank you friends. Get your masks ready. We’ll soon put them on again and start a new era of our great civilization.
Thank you for your comment.The first I get on this site which makes it more significant. I am happy you liked it.I wrote it for my students to play at school to help make them and their mates aware of the importance of a healthy environment.
As someone who's read about the "reptilian-shapeshifter" conspiracy theories, I could very much relate to this piece. But that aside, I took it as less of an environmental message as one about the current state of the world as a whole. The selfish government leaders, love for the sounds of bullets (war), etc.
I enjoyed the piece as a whole (I know, not helpful). Simple, smart, fun.
If I may offer criticism, I would say that the characters didn't seem to be very distinct. It seemed as though they could just as easily have been two aliens, or ten. I saw a couple different aliens use, at times, a backward, Yoda-ish sentence structure, but it didn't seem to be consistent throughout the play, or confined to single characters.