Attack of the Windmills

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ATTACK OF THE WINDMILLS
by Nick Page

It is the story of DAVID, an emotionally wounded young man engaged to marry LIBBA, a member of a family of performers who use every form of hilarity and pathos to make DAVID exit his shell.   In the end, though, it is the wisdom of LIBBA’s great uncle and the innocence of her baby sister who finally free DAVID of the secret that silenced him in his youth.

 

 

CAST:
DAVID   Young businessman engaged to Libba
LIBBA   Member of the Don Quixote Players, a family of performers
UNCLE LOUIE   Founder of the DQP, an old man (gay) who has lost his memory
ROLLY   Black stage manager and tech wiz
ROSA Mother of Libba, Hadrian, Margie & Flo, Director of Theater
HADRIAN   Brother
MARGIE   Sister
FLO Baby sister (11 years old)
CHORUS

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE PRELUDE (Flo, Rolly, Uncle Louie)
SCENE 1: DINNER SCENE (Family meet the groom)
         Blessing
         We Sing, That’s What We Do
         I Want the Sun © (Libba & Cast) (lyrics below – click PLAY button to hear)

SCENE 2: The Women Discuss Men
         Why Can’t the Men Be More Like Fred Astaire? © (click below to hear – lyrics below)

In Elegant Times
         Do Ya’ Wanna’ Fool Around? © (Rosa & Libba) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

        Such a Cliché (Flo)
        I Wanna’ Be That Girl © (Margie & Cast)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

SCENE 3: Prep for Rehearsal
         Three Chords © (Margie & Rolly) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

        Empty (David, Libba & Cast)

SCENE 4: Rehearsal of The Play Within The Play
         The Smallness Will Not Do (The Windmill Song) ©  (Louie & Cast) (click to hear – lyrics below)

TRANSITION: Trust Me #1 Rolly & Hadrian – a lesson in elocution .

SCENE 5: The Shut Up Scene
          Voice of The Light  © (Hadrian & Cast) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

 TRANSITION:  Trust Me #2 Rolly & Margie & others- Imitations

 SCENE 6: The Old Man Remembers
         Enough © (Louie & Cast)  (Click below to hear – lyrics below)

        New Age Marching Song
          Heavy Metal Relaxation Music
          Atheist Hymn
          It Doesn’t End You Know © (Louie & Flo) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

         The Songs Are the Last To Go © (Louie & Cast) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

SCENE 7: The Moon Scene
          Draw Down The Moon © (Rosa & Cast/Chorus) &
          If You Want Me To Love You © (Libba & David)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

i n t e r m i s s i o n

 SCENE 1: Trust Me Transition #3
         Trust Me, I’m Above Suspicion © (Rolly, David, Margie) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

        Trust Me, She Said  © (Rolly & Margie Duet) (click to hear – lyrics below)

 SCENE 2: I’m not the Singer, I’m the Song
        So Much More © (Libba)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

 SCENE 3: Preparation for the Wedding Rehearsal
         Easier Said Than Done © (Hadrian, Rolly & Cast)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

SCENE 4: Wedding Rehearsal
          Sancto Cafetorium (Holy Cafeteria) © (Cast)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

 SCENE 5: A mother tries to comfort her daughter
           A Million Perfect Moments © (Rosa & Libba) (click below to hear – lyrics below)

 SCENE 6: Louie Speaks
           There’s a Chariot © (Louie)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

           Little Drops of Water (Are You In There?) © (Louie & Flo) (click below to hear)

SCENE 7 The FINALE: Second Rehearsal for the Play Within the Play
           It Doesn’t End You Know (Reprise)  (David & Cast)
           Blessing (Reprise) (Cast)
           Enough (Reprise) (Cast)
           Be Lifted  © (David & Cast)  (click below to hear – lyrics below)

         I Want The Sun (David & Libba)
           The Smallness Will Not Do (Reprise) (David & Cast0
           So Much More (Reprise) (Cast)

I WANT THE SUN by Nick Page ©2014
ROSA: Libba, I love you so.   I want to get you the most precious wedding present in the world.   Tell me what you want and it’s yours.

LIBBA: I want the sun, I want the moon,
I want the stars on my wedding day.
For what it’s worth I want the Earth
I want it all on my wedding day.

I’ll dance with the moon and the porcupine, (pointing to David)
Dance with the turtledove
Dance with the sun and this love of mine,
Dance with the stars above.

CHORUS: Blue skies or stormy weather,
Doesn’t matter to me,
Just as long as we’re together
Like two birds . . . like what?
MARGIE: A turtledove and a turtle . . .
LOUISE: An angel and a pencil pusher . . .
HADRIAN: A star and a black hole
LOUIE: Like two fish in the sky . . .
TUTTI: Sky, sky, sky . . .

CHORUS (then Uncle Louise and Flo dance pulling in David who is uncomfortable and awkward) then CHORUS

WHY CAN’T THE MEN BE MORE LIKE FRED ASTAIRE? by Nick Page ©2015
ROSA: Why can’t the men be suave – instead of ordinaire?
They act so clueless, they haven’t a care,
They act so laisez-faire.
Why can’t the men have style – and grace so debonair?
A good man would need me (rough) Take me! Please!
A good man would lead me (desperate) Seduce me, I’m yours!
like Fred – - – Astaire.

MARGIE (spoken sarcastically): But gee mom, you’re a feminist.

LIBBA: This is not who I am, second banana to a first class ham.
MARGIE: Ever try dancing backwards in heels?
FLO: Better off dancing with a bunch of trained seals.
LIBBA: I’d dance a solo with flair,
MARGIE & FLO: Not chasing rainbows somewhere.
LIBBA: I can find elegance dancing with elephants,
LIBBA, MARGIE & FLO: Maybe not Fred Astaire.

ROSA: Since it’s an issue, I’ll make it official,
I’d dance with Fred Astaire.

(Louisa has, by this time, slipped on a long white gown – She dances with the image of Fred Astaire or similar projected on the scrim.)

ALL: Why can’t the men have charm
And dance up on the air?
They sit on their bottoms, sports on TV,
In their underwear.
Why can’t the men be strong and hold me like a prayer?
ROSA: A good man would need me
DAUGHTERS: Yes, he would need me.
ROSA: A good man would lead me
DAUGHTERS: Or not!
ALL: like Fred – - – Astaire – - – -

DO YA’ WANNA’ FOOL AROUND? by Nick Page ©2014
MARGIE: Let’s ask as old couple. Hello old couple. How long have you two been married?
LIBBA & ROSA (old voices): Sixty years.
MARGIE: What’s it like?
ROSA: Well if you must know,

LIBBA & ROSA alternating: Ehh, Ah, what? Mm Oh Ah Eh etc.

LIBBA: Do you wanna’ fool around?
ROSA: What?
LIBBA: Do you wanna’ fool around?
ROSA: What?
LIBBA: Do ya’ wanna’ sandwich?
ROSA: Yeah, hold the mustard.   Etc.

I WANNA’ BE THAT GIRL by Nick Page ©2014
MARGIE: There’s a boy writing lyrics
Writing songs for the girl that he adores
So in love, they’re atmospheric,
I wanna’ be that girl.

You see the girl in every movie,
She’s the one with the million dollar smile,
She dances free and oh so smoothly,
I wanna’ be that girl.

Be that girl, dancin’ freely,
Be that girl, dancin’ wild,
Be that girl, it could be me,
I wanna’ be that girl.

You see the girl in every movie,
She’s the one with the million dollar smile,
She dances free and oh so smoothly,
I wanna’ be that girl.

(tap dance)

TUTTI: You see the girl in every movie,
She’s the one with the million dollar smile,
She dances free and oh so smoothly,
I wanna’ be that . . .
I wanna’ be that . . .
I wanna’ be that girl.

THREE CHORDS by Nick Page ©2014

MARGIE: Three chords, three chords
are good enough for me,
I need a 1, a 4, a 5 and I need you.
Three chords, three chords, three chords,
So simple and so true,
I need a 1, a 4, a 5 and I need you.

The 4 chord, lifts me up,
The 1 chord, holds me tight,
The 5 chord brings me back to you, you’re the one.
The 4 chord, brings me hope,
The 1 chord, makes it right,
The 5 chord brings me back to you, you’re the one.

Three chords, three chords
are good enough for me,
I need a 1, a 4, a 5 and I need you.
Three chords, three chords, three chords,
Simple and so true.
I need a 1, a 4, a 5 and I need you, you’re the one.


THE SMALLNESS WILL NOT DO (THE WINDMILL SONG)
by Nick Page ©2016
In the wisdom, life unfolding,
Ask the acorn what it knew.
Across the Heavens, stars exploding,
The smallness will not do.

We hold a child, embrace its’ wonder,
Remembering each ancient clue,
A billion years of life within us,
The smallness will not do.

CHORUS: It’s not the impossible we fear,
It’s not our smallness that holds us back,
It’s not the dark we fear in the long cold night,
We fear the possible,
We fear the greatness,
We fear the light.

In my youth, a self-deception,
playing normal, playing straight.
I had to hide my colors, hide my rainbow,
It was me I came to hate.

So I stripped away illusions,
Stripped away the lies,
Stripped away the status quo,
Coming out in all my colors
Somewhere over the rainbow.

CHORUS

We are Don Quixote on his donkey
With delusions so chivalrous,
We are Don Quixote chasing windmills,
Except the windmill is chasing us.

When we wake up to the dream we see a world beyond belief
We see the wonder of a child, unfolding wisdom in a leaf.
We see the vastness of Creation, in each moment made anew,
We see the vastness of each moment, The smallness will not do.

Embrace the possible,
Embrace the greatness
Embrace the living
Embrace the light.


VOICE OF THE LIGHT
by Nick Page @1979
HADRIAN: I opened my eyes when I was born to discover the light
I opened my mouth when I was born to discover my voice
And the light and the voice will always be new
And the voice of the light – will always be true.

And when I was four I loved to draw
Each scribble and dabble was new
But my foolish friends would laugh at me, yelling,
“Shut up, Shut up, It’s been done before.”

And when I was ten I loved to sing
Each doobio doobie dwah was new
But my foolish friends would laugh at me, yelling,
“Shut up, Shut up, It’s been done before.”

And when I was twenty, I loved to write songs
each lyric and rhyme was new.
but a voice inside me began to cry out
Who was I to try anything new?
It was I this time that criticized me.
Shut up, it’s been done before.

But then I remembered that spiritual song,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, Let it…

Each of us has a great light inside,
Each of us has a great voice inside,
So ev’ry time we let that light shine,
The light is new, the voice is true.

Now ev’ry time I draw or write
Or sing doobie doowop do wah
A spirit inside me cries out with a force
Yelling “Write, Draw, Create,
I’m going to sing my song!”

We open our eyes when we are born to discover the light.
We open our mouths when we are born to discover our voice.
And the light and the voice will always be new
And the voice of the light will always be true.
And the light and the voice will always be new
And the voice of the light will always be true.
ENOUGH by Nick Page ©2013
LOUIE: Lot of people thinkin’ that aging is a threat,
Youth is gettin’ younger than you ever gonna’ get.
Lot of people wishin’ they was richer – and yet
We got somethin’ they ain’t never gonna’ get

CHORUS: If you can laugh, you got enough
If you can sing, you got all you need,
If you can dance, well look out world,
You got enough. You got enough.

Polka-dotted clown with the pumpernickel frown
Lookin’ for the money that’s supposed to trickle down,
Bankers tellin’ Congress, “Help us, we are poor!”
All the while makin’ more and more and more and more.

If you can laugh, you got enough
If you can sing, you got all you need,
If you can dance, well look out world,
You got enough. You got enough.

Up in Heaven, you know they got the joke,
The one about the man who thought he’d never croak.
First comes tears and then comes laughter.
I’m gonna’ laugh in the ever after.          CHORUS


IT DOESN’T END, YOU KNOW
by Nick Page ©2013
The Earth gives birth to roses and to ferns,
And in the dirt are slugs and bugs and worms,
And from the Earth the seeds will grow,
the seeds will grow, the seeds will grow.
And life goes on, it doesn’t end you know.

And who’s to say they’re flowers or they’re weeds?
Like dandelions with a million seeds.
And winds will blow and seeds will sow
And seeds will sow and seeds will sow,
And life goes on, it doesn’t end you know.

The dandelion dies eventually,
Each slug and bug and worm and you and me.
But from the Earth the seeds will grow,
and winds will blow and seeds will sow,
And life goes on, it doesn’t end you know.
And life goes on, it doesn’t end you know.

THE SONGS ARE THE LAST TO GO by Nick Page ©2013
I sat with my love and gazed at the sky
Wooed in his foggy foggy blue
He gazed in my eyes and asked with a sigh,
“Tell me why the sky’s so you?”

We sing what we know, we know what we sing,,
We remember the songs in our hearts,
And when we are old and memories fade,
The songs are the last to go.

The brain doesn’t matter, just endless patter,
We forget almost all that we know
But the heart is the singer, its’ melodies linger,
The songs are the last to go.

Our song was like (struggling to remember) . . .
what was it like?
I remember . . . I remember his eyes had a glow
and he and I . . . what was his name? What was his name?
The songs are the last to go.

A nightmare, a wish, a dream and a song
Came for tea one day, don’t you know?
It was fun while it lasted, how I wish it had lasted,
The song was the last to go.

Our song was like, (I remember),
Our song was like a gay old tune.
I remember, (remembering his lover is dead) . . . I remember . .
He died, didn’t he?
I remember his eyes had a glow,
And he and I, we were the song,
Our song was the last to go.
Our song was the last to go.

CAST: We sing what we know, we know what we sing,,
We remember the songs in our hearts,
And when we are old and memories fade,
The songs are the last to go.

LOUIE (spoken): Let’s sing the Twinkle Song.
FLO: We sang it already.
CAST: The songs are the last to go
LOUIE: What about the song about the slugs? It doesn’t end you know.
FLO: We sang it.
LOUIE: The songs are the last to go.

THE MOON SCENE (DRAW DOWN THE MOON & IF YOU WANT ME TO LOVE YOU) by Nick Page ©1983 & 2014
CAST: Moon, Moon, Moon, Moon.
Diana, Giver of the light of love.
Diana, Goddess of the moon above,
Draw down, Draw down, Draw down your light.
Draw down Draw down, Draw down, your might.

MARGIE: All I want is a pretty little moon, a pretty little, pretty little, pretty little moon.
HADRIAN: I see the moon and the moon sees me, the moon, the moon.

BOTH: Moon, Moon, Moon, Moon.

LIBBA: My love is like a sad sad star, a mystery to me
How I wonder what you are, How I wonder.
Look into my loving eyes
See the world within,
If you close your eyes something dies, Something dies.

If you want me to love you, love me.
If you want me to care, care.
If you want me to laugh with you, cry with you
Raise a child with you,
If you want me love you, love me.

CHORUS: Moon – - Moon

TRUST ME, I’M ABOVE SUSPICION   by Nick Page ©2014
Trust me, I’m above suspicion.
Trust me like a politician.
Everything’s gonna’ be all right.

Trust me like a fish out of water,
Trust me like a lamb to the slaughter.
Everything’s (You know I wouldn’t lie)
Everything’s (I gotta’ bridge you oughta’ buy),
Everything’s – - – gonna’ be all right.

TRUST ME, SHE SAID  by Nick Page ©2014
“Trust me,” she said as she asked for the divorce,
“Trust me,” she said, and took my truck and took my horse,
“Everything,” by which she meant the house and all the rest,
“Gonna’ be – - – - – all right.” For her maybe, I’m screwed.

There’s two things for certain
All things will turn to dust
A woman’ll leave you hurtin’,
Not a woman you can trust.

So if she says, “Just trust me,”
Run away into the night,
Then everything’s – - – - – -
Gonna’ be all right.

SO MUCH MORE by Nick Page ©2005-2016
LIBBA: The flowers’ simple message,
Shine just like the sun,
Give back the light,
the love that you receive.

And so it is with music,
Songs are like the sun,
We sing because
there’s so much light within.

So sing out with your soul
and sing out with your light,
There’s so much more than music going on.

So much more than music,
So much more than music,
So much more than music going on.

(Libba does a ballet as she sings the next verse.   Her sweeping hand gestures become paint strokes with long huge textured strokes appearing on the scrim.   More colors are added as the ballet progresses)

I often sing of things unseen
of spirit fire, of love supreme
Is it air? Or is is prayer?
If you cannot see it, is it there?

I’ve lacked the faith in things profound,
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
Those doubts are gone, my voice is strong,
I’m not the singer, I’m the song.

There’s so much more than what we see,
So much more than what we know,
So much more than me going on.

EASIER SAID THAN DONE by Nick Page ©1983-2016
HADRIAN: Nothing is impossible or so they say,
Ever try to teach an elephant ballet?
Failure is a part of life, neither bad nor good.
So not another word about that little train that could.

Did Icarus complain as he floated toward the sun?
Did Admiral Scott complain when his fingers all went numb?
Did Ringo worry ol’ Pete Best about a different drum?
Answer these and you will know it’s easier said than done.

CHORUS: Climb every mole hill,

HADRIAN: So said the singing nun.

CHORUS:  It’s easier, easier said than done,
It’s easier, easier said than done,
You take the high road and I’ll stay home,
Give up now, it’s easier said than done.

Did Jack and Jill go up the hill just to be undone?
Did Goldilocks complain that some bears would spoil the fun?
Did Humpty Dumpty’s fear of heights make him want to run?
Answer these and you will know it’s easier said than done.

Did Mother Hubbard’s dog complain when all he got was none?
Was Peter Piper pickled pink when Jack pulled out his thumb?
Could Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum try to be less glum?
Answer these and you will know it’s easier said than done.

(During the song, everyone is doing quick change costumes and HADRIAN is using desperate strategies for putting on his pants – each more extravagant – trampolines, being carried by the cast, pogo sticks, and the final one, swinging on a rope. As a visual running gag, David can be desperately following Hadrian, holding the pants vainly trying to help.)

CHORUS

(music slows to a quiet hymn)
HADRIAN: When you get slapped just turn your cheek
CHORUS: It’s easier said than done.
HADRIAN: Forgive and forget,
FLO: If you remember,
CHORUS: It’s easier said than done.
HADRIAN, MARGIE, LIBBA & FLO: And what about Thou Shall Not Kill?
CHORUS: It’s easier said than done.
HADRIAN: Do unto others,
LIBBA: You know the rest,

CHORUS: It’s easier said than done.

CHORUS: It’s easier, easier, easier, easier said than done
It’s easier,  easier, easier, easier said than done
You take the high road and I’ll stay home,
Give up now, it’s . . .
MARGIE (spoken): Why bother anyway?
TUTTI: Give up now, it’s . . .
LIBBA (spoken): There’s always television.
TUTTI: Give up now, it’s . . .
FLO (spoken): I think I’ll take a nap.
TUTTI: Give up now, it’s easier said than done.

(HADRIAN successfully lands in his trousers)


SANCTO CAFETORIUM (HOLY CAFETERIA)
by Nick Page ©2013
Sanc-to caf-i-to-ri-um,
Holy cafeteria,
Plur-i-bus in liv-ing room.
Why are there so many people in my living room?
Spank-tus tu et der-ri-um
When I spank your derriere
Feel-i-so del-i-ri-um.
I’m a happy camper

Sex-i-mus mag-ni-fi-ca-tum,
Hubba Hubba, Say no more
Sex-i-mus so con-trar-i-um,
Don’t ask, don’t tell
Or-gie-na-tum tre-men-dous-um,
Get togethers are so much fun,
We-um rect-i liv-ing roo-um.
I’m gonna’ to need new furniture.
Amen

A MILLION PERFECT MOMENTS by Nick Page ©2014
ROSA: A blessing to the couple embracing.
A blessing to their struggle and their fight.
The rose, it is a blessing. The thorn, a blessing too.
A harmony of happiness and blue.
So if your love is strong, in sickness and in health.
No one can put asunder what you feel.
A million perfect moments, each a wonder, each a joy
A million disappointments, That’s the deal.

And fires rage and fires go out.
In times of bliss, in times of doubt,
A sharing of commitment, a wedding of the heart,
A union of two souls ’til death you part.
From purple mountain majesties to amber waves of pain,
A promise made to suffer and to heal
A million perfect moments, each a wonder, each a joy
A million disappointments, That’s the deal.
A million perfect moments, That’s the deal.

THERE’S A CHARIOT   by Nick Page ©2013
There’s a chariot comin’,
Ride the chariot, Ride the chariot,
There’s a chariot comin’,
Take me home.

Home to green pastures,
Home to the stars above,
Home to the deep waters of the Earth,
Take me home.

LITTLE DROPS OF WATER (ARE YOU IN THERE?) “Little Drops” words by Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney 1845, Music and additional words by Nick Page ©2016
LOUIE: Little drops of water,
FLO: Uncle Louie?
LOUIE: Little grains of sand,
FLO: Are you in there?
LOUIE: Make the mighty ocean,
FLO: Where do you go?
LOUIE: Make the mighty land.
FLO: a dark cloud?
LOUIE: All these little moments,
FLO: Or is it the light?
LOUIE: Humble though they be,
FLO: Do you know my name?
LOUIE: Make the mighty ages
FLO: Hello, I’m Flo.
LOUIE: Of eternity.
FLO: Are you in there?


BE LIFTED
   by Nick Page ©2009
DAVID: When I’m sad, when my life’s in vain,
When there’s no one who can feel my pain,
I must remember like the stars above,
We’re all connected if we receive the love.

Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.
Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.

Some think that they are roses.
Some think that they are weeds,
We’re all completely different,
Different hopes and different needs.
But all of us are glorious. All of us succeed
At spreading our great glory
Like the flower spreading seeds.

We’re not alone.
We’re a part of something greater than ourselves.
We’re not alone.
We’re connected, lifted, received,
Embraced, embraced by love, by love.

(The Cast joins in, lifting David onto the horse.)
Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.
Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.

The star is not alone as it shines brightly in the sky.
And we are not alone although we wonder and ask why.
The star is part of something greater than each star,
We’re all connected like the shining stars
That tell us who we are.

We’re not alone.
We’re a part of something greater than ourselves.
We’re not alone.
We’re connected, all a part of something,
Lifted, all a part of something,
Received, all a part of something.
Embraced, embraced by love, by love.

Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.
Be lifted, be received, be embraced by love.