Written Anthony W Johnson
A nursery rhyme, a Windsor ambulance, and the Eloise, Asylum culminate in this suspenseful thriller. COLETTE (83), although a scary and androgynous creature, has discerning blue radiant eyes that fractures through a dim tripartite old theater dressing room. Her voice is as chilling as her façade, smoking through a cigarette contraption, Colette has come to take ERIC (34), a handsome astute African-American journalist to his final applause. A Rod Sterling type character introduces us to Eric, this twilight zone Film Noir, and the nostalgic time of yesteryear when songs were melancholy, and the liquor was jazz. But Eric, believing that he is awake, unfortunately is in a coma. He has a series of three dreams. Although, it is the present day, Eric is dreaming about a time between the late twenties through the mid — forties in Detroit Michigan. These dreams will forever change his life, that is because Eric will begin to spiritually “hear” for the first time. Moreover, in the end, he will also have to make a choice, that is to live or to die.
Alexis Colette is based on true and distorted events that I dreamed about.
The story is about chasing ghosts, not realizing ghosts are also chasing their own ghosts. It is also about the unexplained phenomenon both Eric (myself) the dreamer experiences, and the interconnections between twins, triplets and gay, lesbian, transgender, androgynous, hermaphroditism, whereby studies took place to search for psychic abilities during the late 1920-1940’s in Detroit.
Alexis a gorgeous showgirl, the epitome of desire, and her brother have a dynamic show at the National Burlesk theatre. Their act is called Colette, it’s a game they play of fooling the onlookers, where no one knows who a boy is and who is a girl. A doctor realizes that something is awry, and from there the plot thickens. A boy has a baby -– well twins, triplets, a dynamic conspiracy, cover-ups, and confusion culminate to an explosive life or death choice. This choice is witnessed and then realized by Eric when he realizes that he is walking with Death, (the Guide named Sam Cook) playing a game that only ends that dire choice.
After their estranged death, the twins emerge to uncover their parent’s death, only to wind up in the same precarious state. They use the theatre in all its glory to stage their final act. One will choose to live, and one will choose to sacrifice his or herself to expose the horrors of the Eloise Asylum. And as far as Eric, he realizes metaphorically, this is his story as well. He must fight to save himself, and to wake up from this now nightmarish state, or he just will also become a ghost forever trying to stay alive.
Letter from Anthony WJ