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"The Berdache"

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CACosta-Ani Tashi Dorje, 2000

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

a 40-minute dramedy in American English set in a New Mexico mesa and two different Catholic monasteries, 1994

2m2f (+ 1m or 1f bit)

; • © 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, April 19, 1997; Costa says,

§ Dramatis Personae Ammiel McLellen (m or f), Native Spirit (m or f bit), Fr. Daniel (m), Sr. Dorothy (f), Sr. Concepta (f).

§ Synopsis “Ammiel (Ammy) McLellen is a middle-aged bi-gendered person, born of mixed sexuality/gender, who embraces Native American spiritual beliefs and shamanic practice. Ammiel has a visitation from a Native Spirit, who directs Ammiel to seek a path of teaching and study with the Priests and Nuns ‘of the white tribe’ in the monasterial experience to share the joy of spirit! The Friars won’t take Ammy because he’s too female, and the good sisters won’t take Ammy because she’s too male.

§ Comment “A ‘dramedy’ is a blend of drama and comedy; coinage of the term reflects the blending of other ideas in the story. This play is an exploration of spirit, doctrine and a person with three birth certificates. ‘The Berdache’ premiered at Silver Spring Stage, in Silver Spring, Maryland, on September 6, 7, 8, 1996, with a consequent competitive performance at the Maryland Community Theater Festival, January 17, 1997, where it won Best Overall Technical Achievement, Nomination for Best Original Play, and for Ms. St. John a Nomination for Best Actress. • Cheryl Ann Costa is one of five known transgendered playwrights in the United States.” • Premiere Production Dramatis Personae in Order of Appearance: Cassandra St. John was Ammiel McLellen, Flordelino Lagundino was Native Spirit, Gerald Gietka was Fr. Daniel, Philippa Smith was Sr. Dorothy, Kristin White was Sr. Concepta, and in the Company Cassandra St. John was Director, Rebecca Taylor was Assistant Director/Native Spirit Understudy, Mary K. Jones was Assistant Director/Ammiel script coach.

§ Themes bi-gender, gender, identity, monastery, Native American, sexuality, shamanism, spirit, teaching, visitation.

See also Cheryl Costa's

  § Themes bi-gender, gender, identity, monastery, Native American, sexuality, shamanism, spirit, teaching, visitation.

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