I AM MY OWN WIFE By Doug Wright
I Am My Own Wife is the story of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, Berlin's most notorious transgendered woman
"Mesmerising... Fascinating... beautifully directed evening of truly entertaining theatre." - Stage Noise
Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright (Quills, Grey Gardens) began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, survived two of the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century, the Nazis and the Communists. After hundreds of hours of interviews Wright emerged with this fascinating and breathtaking story of survival and identity.
I Am My Own Wife is an engrossing, touching and thought provoking piece of theatre that deals with queer history and celebrates queer spirit in incredible times of repression. It is a play about strength, about the refusal to be marginalised or silenced, and a story about bravery - how a person can choose to live a life of non-convention and still survive two of the most repressive regimes ever inflicted upon humanity. I Am My Own Wife gives a voice and sense of history to the queer community in a time period where queer history has otherwise been kept quite silent.
In this one man tour-de-force, Wright uses more than 30 characters - all played here by Ben Gerrard (Molly, Open Slather) - to piece together Charlotte's controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound and mesmerising piece of theatre that should not be missed!
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