In the darkest of days, on the path to survival, our moral compass must reconfigure: What is right and what is wrong? A one-man tour de force exploring survival in Nazi Germany, morality and sexuality, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife will be presented at the Old Fitz Theatre for a limited season from 17 November 2015.
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, 30 characters – all played by Ben Gerrard (Outland, Open Slather, Molly, Songs for the Fallen) – 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 mesmerizing piece of theatre.
This debut production for Oriel Group is directed by acclaimed actor and director Shaun Rennie (Rent, Cats, Mamma Mia) and produced by Elise McCann (currently starring as Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical).
“a fascinating and beautifully written character study” – New York Times
I Am My Own Wife
Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Season: 19 November – 5 December 2015 (previews: 17 & 18 November)
For more information, visit: www.oldfitztheatre.com for details.
Image: Ben Gerrard in I Am My Own Wife – photo by Kurt Sneddon