New York City
I Am My Own Wife is a play by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German cross-dresser Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of a real-life German man who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime, as a cross-dressing museum owner. One actor plays all 37 roles, sky-diving from accent to accent and gender to gender. This one man tour-de-force results in a compelling play about survival, freedom and what it means to be truly human.
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