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Costa, Cheryl (aka Cheryl Ann Costa, American playwright, multi-disciplined media artist, April 23, 1952-____), “Convictions,”

a 35-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, U.S.A., spring, 1998

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; • © 1998 by Cheryl Ann Costa; • script/rights available from Cheryl Ann Costa, 1220 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, U.S.A., e-mail TSPrincess@aol.com, author@cherylcosta.com, www.cherylcosta.com, telephone 301- 290-2664, 607-426-7080 cell-personal, 607-426-9781 cell-corporate (best). • Cited by Cheryl Ann Costa, via ftp, June 26, 1998; Costa says,

§ Dramatis Personae _______ (m), grandson; _______ (m), a ________________.

§ Synopsis “The grandson arrives at an airport from Canada, where he’s resided since he fled there during the last years of the Vietnam War. His mother receives him warmly. The patriach of the family, the grandfather, is the reason the son had never come back from Canada. The grandfather, a well known American patriot, considers himself dishonored by his grandson. Now, on his death bed, he is asking for the grandson. Everyone assumes the reason is either to make peace or to condemn him one last time. The grandfather confides having respected his grandson’s actions and having secretly admired him for taking a stand, but the old man had to maintain appearances and as well as make the grandson live by his convictions. The grandfather then shares a grim secret with his grandson to illustrate what he did in the name of convictions during the World War II and just after the war. The grandfather produces evidence of events at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, specifically pictures of aliens. He explains having been responsible for covering up the events. Just before the grandfather dies, he burdens his grandson with the secret—as an honored test of his convictions. . . .

§ Comment “Companion piece with plays ‘Electra’ and ‘Barbra & Diane.’ Cheryl Ann Costa is one of five known transgendered playwrights in the United States.”

§ Themes Canada, concealment, condemnation, conviction, death, extraterrestrial, family, generation gap, grandfather-grandson relationship, honor, mother-son relationship, nationalism, patriarchy, patriotism, peace movement, reconciliation, Roswell (New Mexico), secrecy, United States, Vietnam War, World War II.

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  § Themes Canada, concealment, condemnation, conviction, death, extra-terrestrial, family, generation gap, grandfather-grandson relationship, honor, mother-son relationship, nationalism, patriarchy, patriotism, peace movement, reconciliation, Roswell (New Mexico), secrecy, United States, Vietnam War, World War II.
 

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