Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Dos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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