In the darkest of days, on the path to survival, our moral compass must reconfigure: What is right and what is wrong?
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.
In this one man tour de force, Wright uses more than 30 characters—all played here by Ben Gerrard (Outland, Songs for the Fallen)—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!
CHARLOTTE VON MAHLSDORF
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - ORIEL GROUP
COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER
17th Nov – 5th Dec
Old Fitz Theatre
0422 198 955
Address / Book in Person
129 Downling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW
Tues – Sat at 7.30pm
Sunday at 5pm
Sat 5 Dec at 3pm
ABOUT THE SHOW
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.
Ultimately it is a story about identity. Wrestling with the difficult issue of truth and how to reconcile your hopes and aspirations with reality, I Am My Own Wife is a very human experience that tells the story of a real human being, the real life of an actual survivor. It not only provides an opportunity for a tour-de-force solo performance, but simultaneously gives a voice and sense of history to the queer community in a time period where queer history has otherwise been quite silent.
- 2004 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
- 2004 Drama League Award for Best Play
- 2004 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Solo Show
- 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
- 2004 Tony Award for Best Play (Won)
- 2004 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play (Won)
- 2004 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
- 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Drama