This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
by Joseph Frost
a play written for The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project
Draft August 14, 2012
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Two women sit on the same side of a tiny table in a French cafe. You can’t be serious. I certainly am. I do not believe you. ANGELLE PATRICE ANGELLE
PATRICE You can’t expect a man to-I certainly can. ANGELLE Patrice. What you
PATRICE Honestly, it’s like you don’t realize who you are. do. I know all too well. ANGELLE
PATRICE Then why do you act as though you deny it. ANGELLE How many times has he been? I’m not sure. PATRICE
ANGELLE How many times have you seen him? Twice. Twice. Yes. PATRICE ANGELLE PATRICE
ANGELLE He’s been twice, and the second time he sees me, he... and you believe him. I’ve seen him twice. PATRICE Only once were you working.
PATRICE I’ve heard plenty of things in that place in my time, believe me. But nothing like this. It is really true. ANGELLE He knows the difference between a fantasy and the real world. And if he doesn’t. PATRICE
ANGELLE Then his claims are mad. PATRICE One can never be certain. Well, I am. love me. ANGELLE I have never been more certain. This man cannot
On the other side of the stage sits a man. His chair legs are trimmed so that as he sits, it appears that we are looking at him from above. He looks up above him, which is more or less out at the audience. JEAN-PAUL Ah, my angel. My Angelle. Floating there, above me. You keep my eyes up off the ground, and my heart soars to be with you. Angelle. It is ridiculous. ANGELLE
PATRICE You know as well as I do. What? ANGELLE
PATRICE The way you perch yourself there. look. What look? The look you give. ANGELLE
On the trapeze.
PATRICE Pouty. But certain.
3. JEAN-PAUL PATRICE ANGELLE
Melancholy Angelle. You must practice it. I never.
PATRICE Up there that whole time, with that face. you. ANGELLE I don’t know what you mean. And you just sit there. I do not. Perfectly still. Patrice. Like a statue. Like porcelain. PATRICE ANGELLE PATRICE ANGELLE PATRICE JEAN-PAUL
That... air about
PATRICE The other girls at least swing back and forth. that whole routine. That’s her business. You don’t even swing. ANGELLE Circus monkey. PATRICE
ANGELLE I’m just trying to keep from falling off. Honestly. swing because I’m afraid. That look is terror.
JEAN-PAUL That look is sublime. My Angelle, there is so much I wish I was worthy of doing. I wish I could rise up, beside you. I would... I would...
He’s serious, you know. I don’t know.
ANGELLE You don’t know.
I don’t think he knows.
JEAN-PAUL I would protect you. I would sit beside you and be your companion. I would protect you from... from... the heights, these men staring at you. You are... perfection. ANGELLE At least, he doesn’t know me. PATRICE It does not matter to him. It does to me. ANGELLE
JEAN-PAUL I am a simple man, my Angelle. I must be honest in that. I am not rich. I have no influence. I have only what I can hold in my hand and keep from those who would take from me. But I promise you, my Angelle. Every ounce of strength I have... is yours. PATRICE You don’t get to talk to them like I do. But I have eyes. You don’t listen. Patrice. ANGELLE PATRICE ANGELLE
PATRICE Angelle, he is a good man. I’m telling you. great man, but he is a good man. ANGELLE What are you suggesting?
He may not be a
JEAN-PAUL I would be the man for you, my Angelle. I am a travelled man. I have seen the world - its beauty and beastliness. know how to break free, Angelle. And you are a woman who must break free. I can do this with you. He... has a way out. PATRICE
5. ANGELLE I never said I wanted out. We don’t say. PATRICE A moment. ANGELLE This is my life, Patrice. And it is mine. PATRICE I don’t want you to leave.
JEAN-PAUL I would take you away. Not just from all of this. And not to be your thief. But I would take you... to. To a home. To a life. To a place where you can search your heart and find that which has not found its way into your soul. Hanging in the sky above. With soarless wings. Patrice. Yes. ANGELLE PATRICE
ANGELLE I know you will be honest with me. Certainly. Would you go? PATRICE ANGELLE
PATRICE I would never have the chance. Would you go? It’s not an--Would you? In half a moment. ANGELLE PATRICE ANGELLE PATRICE A silence. Angelle’s chair rises up as a trapeze.
6. She sheds her overcoat to reveal a decorated leotard and wings. She hands in the sky, motionless. My Angelle. JEAN-PAUL After a moment, she begins to swing. As she swings, she takes off her angel wings. She drops the wings down to Jean-Paul. JEAN-PAUL (CONT’D) And together, we will fly. In only a moment. Angelle swings. Lights down.