When high school stoners, outcasts, and best friends Stewart and Frenchy try out for the school musical, Don Quixote, on a whim, they don’t expect to be cast in the production, but both end up with leading roles. As rehearsals wear on, though, Stewart’s behavior becomes erratic, leaving Frenchy, struggling with demons of his own, to wonder what’s wrong with his friend - and whether anything can be done about it.
Christopher Gebauer wholly inhabits these complex characters, who seem, at first, totally predictable, and quickly prove themselves to be anything but. Gebauer is an empathetic and sensitive performer who pays admirable attention to detail and transforms this audiobook into a truly gripping exploration of friendship, family, and mental illness.
High school senior Frenchy has little ambition beyond hanging out at the smoking rock until his best friend, the ever-witty and conniving Stewart, gets him to try out for Man of la Mancha. To everyone's surprise, the guys are a hit. But when Stewart's antics begin to grow more obsessive - he wears his costume 24/7, freaks out about little details, and displays an incessant hatred of the high-tech windmills outside of town - Frenchy worries that there's something deeper going on. Is Stewart spiraling into madness, just like Don Quixote? And can Frenchy battle through his own demons in time to save his friend from self-destruction before it's too late?