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CACosta-Ani Tashi Dorje, 2000


Costa, Cheryl (aka Cheryl Ann Costa, American playwright, multi-disciplined media artist, April 23, 1952-____), “Electra,” a 35-minute drama in English, set in a hospital suite in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A., June 17-July 24, 1997

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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 March 4, 1999; Costa says,

§ Dramatis Personae Charleen “Millie” Glenn (f), a top marketing manager and consultant; Ramis “Bo” McKenzie (m), an old aircraft mechanic; __________ (f), __________; __________ (m), __________.

§ Synopsis “Charleen ‘Millie’ Glenn, a top marketing manager and consultant for a marketing firm in a high rise in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A., wakes up in the hospital with a case of amnesia. She is the victim of an bad electrical shock at the office that caused her to flatline in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Her doctor, who is a specialist in memory and neural problems, makes great efforts to restore her memory. Charleen obsesses about getting her memory back. One day after some tests, she meets another patient, Ramis ‘Bo’ McKenzie, an aircraft mechanic. The old man chats with her, small talk at first, then about flying, and finally about the vintage Lockheed Electra. Slowly, she remembers bits and pieces about aviation and more profoundly about the Electra. Intrigued with these memories, she presses the old man to recount his life in aviation. Later, the man is dying and needing to release his guilt—that if he had been there, Amelia Earhart wouldn’t have been lost. Charleen connects with a deeper self, and the Millie aspect assures him there was nothing he could have done, for she was there, she was Amelia. She reassures him and helps him on his way.

§ Comment “Cheryl Ann Costa is one of five known transgendered playwrights in the United States.”

§ Themes aircraft mechanics, amnesia, aviation, consulting, death, deeper self, Earhart (Amelia Mary Earhart, United States aviator, 1897-1937), electrical shock, expiation, guilt, hospital, Lockheed Electra, marketing, memory, neural problems, obsession. Comment See also Cheryl Ann Costa’s

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