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Published by Joseph Frost
Quixote convinces Daniel to take up the fight.
Quixote convinces Daniel to take up the fight.

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Published by: Joseph Frost on Aug 10, 2012
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Play 08:Quixote
byJoseph Frosta play written forThe 31 Plays in 31 Days ProjectDraftAugust 09, 2012© Attic Scripts4550 Normandy DrJackson, MS 39206atticscripts@hotmail.com 
QUIXOTE, an old man in a suit of armorsits on the stage, holds a brokenlance.QUIXOTEA man has but one charge: to pursue that which must bepursued. To protect that which must be protected. Toopposed that which must be opposed. No one has ever demandedthat a man must be successful.He pushes the lance further away.DANIEL, a young man in modern clothes,enters.DANIELDon Quixote.QUIXOTEDaniel.DANIELYou broke your lance.QUIXOTEYes.DANIELThat was the last one.QUIXOTEIt was. That it was.DANIELYou didn’t defeat him.QUIXOTECertainly not.DANIELIt’s time.QUIXOTEI know that. But you know that I will not stop.DANIELI know.Daniel picks up the lance pieces.QUIXOTEIt cannot be mended.
DANIELEven so, we can’t just leave it here.QUIXOTEWhy not. It is a monument to my failure.DANIELQuixote.QUIXOTEIt cannot be mended. I cannot defeat the foe. And I cannotdiscontinue the attempt.DANIELYou can.QUIXOTEWhich?DANIELYou can stop. Whenever you choose.QUIXOTEOh, Daniel...DANIELYou can. I promise you you can. I’ll help.QUIXOTEIf you would help, the foe could be defeated.DANIELNo. We talked about that. I’m not doing this. This is yourthing. I don’t judge you, and I won’t make fun of you. ButI’m not lancing a building to try to slay it. Not happening.QUIXOTEDaniel.DANIELI don’t believe in it.QUIXOTEIt does not need your belief. It needs your action.DANIELI’m not doing it. You can’t defeat a foe that doesn’t exist.Daniel drops the lance, crosses away.Quixote struggles to rise.2.

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