“Mesmerising… Fascinating… beautifully directed evening of truly entertaining theatre.” (Stage Noise)

Photography: Harvey House Productions

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 marginalized 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.

I Am My Own Wife is a compelling, timely and entertaining story that asks its audience to reconsider preconceived ideas and continues the social conversation surrounding the transgender community in contemporary society.


  • 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
  • 2004 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play - Jefferson Mays
  • 2004 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
  • 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Drama


  • 2015 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Ben Gerrard (Nom)

Presented by

Oriel Group is an emerging independent production house for Theatre and Film. Established in 2014, Oriel Group was created by Actor Elise McCann to facilitate opportunities for Australian artists and creatives in bringing to life their passion projects.