Winner! 2001 Baker's Plays High School Playwrighting Contest
"You can't change the past, but the past can change you." At age 18, Will is on top of the world, "the top prospect" as told by the dean at Eclipse College. While visiting the college, Will stumbles upon a strange "Dreaming Tre" which is somehow tied to his life, and a mysterious bum who is no bum at all, but rather the essence of something beyond. The bum proceeds to give Will a card with a time on it, "A time that will change your life." And more surprising, something does happen to Will that changes his life for the better at the exact moment on the card. As the story continues, Will receives more cards, only this time tragedies start to occur at the same time. Will finds himself in a struggle to keep his dreams alive after he suffers more traumas, all predicted by the bum who claims "The dreaming tree will die, as do they all, and when that occurs, William Payne will fall!" Will finds himself at the end with absolutely nothing, and finally the bum gives Will one last card, telling him "This is your last time." At the end, the question of whether destiny controls one's life, or if we all can control our own fates, is answered in the most shocking way. "What will be the destiny of the dreaming tree of humanity?" the bum asks, "We'll see, won't we Will, we will se"