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"Dos Corazones"

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Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Dos Corazones,"

a 25-minute drama in English and Spanish set in a hospital room, late one night,


© 1994, script/rights available from Richard Hellesen, e-mail, telephone (home) 916-965-4048, or agent Earl Graham, Graham Agency, 311 West 43rd Street, New York City, New York 10036, telephone 212-489-7730, fax 212-489-7731. Cited by playwright to present author via ftp June 17, 1997; Hellesen says,

Dramatis Personae Cheryl (f), Ana (f)

Synopsis "Cheryl, in the throes of what appears to be postpartum depression, pours her heart out to Ana, another new mother who shares her room. She discovers that Ana speaks only Spanish, while Cheryl speaks only English. The two begin to communicate around language rather than exclusively through it. Ana, who has almost nothing, cannot understand why Cheryl-who appears to have almost everything-is so upset over becoming a mother. In particular, she seems most bitter over a gift from her husband: a necklace featuring a pendant of two hearts. Cheryl ultimately reveals the source-and depth-of her frustration and her fears, and learns from Ana the real meaning of el collar con dos corazones.

Comment "Ana must be fluent in Spanish or speak it well. Produced Theatre 40, Beverly Hills, 1994; Hudson Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 1994; City Theatre, Miami, 1997. Nominee, Theatre Los Angeles Ovation Award, 1994.

Themes communication, jewelry, motherhood, marriage, postpartum depression.

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