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CACosta-Ani Tashi Dorje, 2000

Costa, Cheryl (Aka Cheryl Ann Costa, Aka Cheryl Ann Costa, American playwright, multi-disciplined media artist, April 23, 1952-____), “A Princess in Training,”

a 45-minute poignant comedy exploring change of gender in American English set in a surreal setting, 1994,

2m or 2f

; • © 1994 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 Princess (m), a person in transition; Narrator (m), the host.

§ Synopsis /Metaphor “Once upon a time in the far away Kingdom of New York in the Crystal City, there was born a little princess. Sad to say this little princess was born with an evil curse upon her head, For she was born into the body of a little prince. All the days of her little life, she wanted to play with the other little girls of the court, but alas it was not to be, for it was considered improper conduct for a young prince. When she became a young maiden in her teens she looked for answers to her questions. She scoured the shelves of the royal library and after a great deal of reading she discovered that the curse that had befallen her was really quite a common curse that is as curses go. After finishing her royal schooling, she decided to serve her country and King, and was confronted with a harsh realities of the world outside the kingdom. Deciding to be as honorable to her Royal family as possible, she decided to embrace her Princely persona as best she could. She went off to fight wars. She served with much zeal and great bravery! After the War she returned home to take a bride and to settle down as any good prince should do.

§ Comment “‘Princess’ is a one woman show; the narrator simply sets up the various scene themes with a metaphor fairy tale. The princess character tells you the way it really was in a stand-up comedy story telling style. The play depicts the life and times of a very unique human being: the princess is a male-to-female transsexual person. The show addresses her childhood, adolescent self-discovery, military service, marriage, corporate life, and finally her transition from male to female. She returns home from surgery to begin a new life. • Cheryl Ann Costa is one of five known transgendered playwrights in the United States.”

§ Themes bravery, curse, fantasy, honor, marriage, persona, propriety, reality, research, royalty, service, teenage, transborder, transsexuality, war.

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