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"Gadzooks and Ophelia"

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CACosta-Ani Tashi Dorje, 2000


Costa, Cheryl (aka Cheryl Ann Costa, American playwright, multi-disciplined media artist, April 23, 1952-____), "Gadzooks and Ophelia,"

a 40-minute comedy in American English set in Valhalla & a small apartment in Texas, Valhalla Time & July 1961

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; • © 1996 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 e-mail, March 26, 1996; Costa says,

§ Dramatis Personae Odin (m), God of the Norse; Gadzooks (m), a demigod, mentor to young warriors; Ophelia/Pearl (f), a Texas teenager.

§ Synopsis “Odin is upset because Gadzooks has been tipping one too many tankards of mead in the hall. As punishment and for Odin’s amusement, Gadzooks is ordered to Earth to mentor a mortal artist in muse-like manner. Gadzooks ends up in 1961, in a little Texas town, in the middle of the night, with a drunken eighteen-year-old female named Ophelia/Pearl, who’s flunking art school. After who ‘he is’ and ‘she is’ gets sorted, Pearl shares her desire to drop out of art school and become a blues singer. Gadzooks convinces her to adopt all the self-destructive qualities of a warrior, qualities that describe the warrior queen of the blues. Gadzooks invokes a mighty warrior’s blessing upon Pearl in a blaze of wind and lightning. The next day, Pearl wakes up thinking it was a drunken dream. She telephones her art college and drops out to pursue a life as a blues singer: Janis Joplin.

§ Comment “As of April 11, 1997, ‘Gadzooks and Ophelia’ has been cast and is slated for production this August ’97 under the direction of the author. Though the production company is in question, two groups have requested debut status. The details will be worked out mid-May. • Cheryl Ann Costa is one of five known transgendered playwrights in the United States.” • “Odin is known as the Norse All-Father. He sits astride his 8-legged horse, Sleipnir, who carries souls to the unseen realms. The spear named Gar, when thrown would always return. Through ritual self-sacrifice, Odin discovered the Runes while handing from the Yggdrasill, or world tree. A patron of warriors, he was skilled in magic and a master of primal forces. Also known as the One eyed God, Odin sacrificed his eye to gain wisdom from the fountain of Mimir.”—Odin, http://www.broomcloset.com/odin.html, accessed August 3, 1998.

§ Themes 1961, alcoholism, amusement, art, blues, dream, drop out, elements, Joplin (Janis Lyn Joplin, blues rock singer, 1943-1970), mentoring, midnight, mortal, Odin, punishment, scholarship, school, Texas, town, warrioring

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