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I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright

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 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award. 

TSP Main Stage - April 21-May 13, 2018
64 East 4th Street, Underground Space, NYC

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This play is a part of TSP's THE WHISTLEBLOWER SERIES, a rotating repertory of three plays about activism against oppression. See all plays in the series for just $15 per play - CLICK HERE.

 

Synopsis:

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 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award. 

 

 

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CAST and CREATIVE TEAM:

 

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf   Brandon Walker*
     
Writer   Doug Wright
Director & Producer   Erin Cronican
Stage Management   Clinton Powell
Set & Costume Design   Erin Cronican
Lighting Design   John Salutz
Video/Projection Design   L Wilson-Spiro
Assistant Projection Design   Marlee Weinberg
Production Design Associate   Nickie Dubick
Publicist   Michelle Tabnick PR
Dialect Coach   Jordan Yanco
     
   
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

 

 

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Production Photos - Click for Slideshow

 

(Photos by Russ Rowland. Click here or on the photo above for comprehensive photo gallery.)

 

 

Talkbacks for I AM MY OWN WIFE

 

Saturday, April 28, 2018 (5pm)
Speaker: Pooya Mohseni
Theme: The Legacy of Transgender Activism

See the 5pm show and then stick around for a talkback that explores the moral ambiguity in the play, I AM MY OWN WIFE. Get your tickets here.

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender activist and writer. She recently appeared in the WP Pipeline festival's production of "Galatea" . Her other recent stage appearances range from an award winning one woman show, "One Woman", in United Solo Festival, "The Good Muslim" at EST and Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”. She's a recurring guest star on the new drama "Big Dogs" produced by Choice Films to be released in 2018, and a recurring guest star in the first season of the USA network's "Falling Water". Follow @Pooyaland on Twitter/Instagram

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (3pm)
Speaker: Peter Filichia
Theme: Acknowledging Moral Ambiguity

See the 3pm show and then stick around for a talkback that explores the moral ambiguity in the play, I AM MY OWN WIFE. Get your tickets here.

Peter Filichia has written reviews and features for a newspaper (The Star-Ledger), magazine (TheaterWeek), and the Internet (Playbill, Theatermania, Music Theatre International, Broadway Select, Masterworks Broadway and Kritzerland). He’s written six books: Let’s Put on a Musical (1991 first edition; 2007 second edition); The Biggest Hit of the Season/The Biggest Flop of the Season (2010); Broadway Musicals’ Most Valuable Players (2011); Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks (2013); and The Great Parade (2015). His one-act play Games, about bullying, has had high school productions in all 50 states. His full-length play, Adam’s Gifts was a finalist for the first Terrence McNally Award. His ten-minute play Our Dead Classmate was produced in San Juan Capistrano this past winter. He has performed his one-man show A Personal History of the American Theater in many cities and towns in New York and New Jersey, as well as in Aspen, Boston and St. Louis.

He was president of the Drama Desk Awards from 1992 through 1996, and now serves on its current nominating committee, as well as the selection committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards and the Theatre World Awards, whose ceremony he annually writes and emcees. In 2009, he was chosen to be an assessor for the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1995, he has been critic-in-residence for the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music as well as the musical theater assessor for ASCAP’s annual awards. On most Mondays, he can be heard as a podcaster on Broadway Radio.

 

 

 

Articles about I AM MY OWN WIFE:

 

4/9/18 - "The Whistleblower Series: Feminism, Empathy, and the Female Anti-Hero" - Hedonist/Shedonist

3/29/18 - "The Seeing Place Theater Presents The Whistleblower Series" - Broadway World

 

 

 

Reviews and Audience Response for I AM MY OWN WIFE:

 

"When you see the letters TSP, you automatically think "teaspoon." If you see Brandon Walker play Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I AM MY OWN WIFE, you may from then on only think of TSP as the name of the theater (at 64 East 4th St.) in which he's playing the difficult role that put Jefferson Mays on the map. How impressive he is (under Erin Cronican's direction) in portraying the transvestite and the dozens of other people in her shady life. Get to TSP before May 13." - Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio

"I Am My Own Wife - can you say BAD ASS? Let me first say, when I arrived to the theatre, I was in awe of the fact that the space was so intimate. I have never been in such a cozy space before. That said, it was so rad to see what they were able to do with this production. For two hours, I am on a trip. What astounded me the most was the fact that all of the characters in the play were played by one person. Each so distinct from the rest. Even though the actor was dressed in the same attire for majority of the show, when he portrayed someone like a German solider, the garments didn't distract me from believing who he was." - Veronica Ryzio, TDF PXP

"Just a word about The Seeing Place Theater. This is a small repertory company that embodies what this reviewer thinks Off-Off Broadway should be. They are performing a three-play cycle called The Whistleblower Series, which is intended (in their words) to explore “the female protagonist as anti-hero.” They are young, talented, and dedicated to bringing something new to the New York City theater scene. As is always the case, The Seeing Place Theater is existing on a shoestring and needs all the support it can get. I think these people deserve it. Again, go see these plays. This company is worthy of our support." - Jan Ewing, Hi! Drama

"“I Am My Own Wife” featured a dynamic and exciting performance from Brandon Walker, whose talent in transforming his physique is put to great use in the play. This allows him to alternate easily between over forty characters at the drop of a hat...Walker makes for an especially unusual Charlotte, being easily over six feet tall, broad-shouldered, and deep-voiced, but this only contributes to the overall mythic aura of the tale. The audience is never unaware that this is a retelling of Charlotte’s story, a retelling powerfully done." - Michael Landes, Theater That Matters

"Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Profound, Great staging. I saw the Broadway production several years ago but actually preferred this from The Seeing Place; I felt a part of this play. Although this one man show is performed on a very small stage, you will be transported to a German Museum filled with many characters. Brandon Walker was able to portray several different characters seamlessly and with sincerity. His voice and body clearly defined each character’s entrance. Quite amazing talent. Erin Cronican directed this with great vision as our imaginations sketched full scenery off of her limited physical and technical props." - Audrey 8114, Show-Score

"The Seeing Place, 1 of NYC’s most valuable shoestring troupes, has embarked on an ambitious “Whistleblower Series,” 3 plays in rotation. A revival of Doug Wright’s “I Am My Own Wife,” a solo show about the fascinating, groundbreaking German transsexual Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, is 1 of them. Brandon Walker ably performs several characters over the course of the piece, but mostly he is Charlotte, by turns intense & tender, self-absorbed & solicitous, never less than fully herself as she navigates a perilous path through the 20th century’s 2 most murderous ideologies." - JimJimJim, Show-Score

"Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing." - The Last Aubergine, Show-Score

"Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing - See it if You’re interested in a masterful drama. Amazing performance." - Charles 7121, Show-Score

"Great acting, Intense...See it if you want to see a wonderful actor portray many different accents to tell a story." - Suzanne Shames, Show-Score

"Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see. See it if You enjoy strong acting and solo shows with a wide variety of distinct characters portrayed. Interesting story and impressive production." - Teresa 6209, Show-Score

"Insightful, Intelligent, Well written, Superb acting. See it if you appreciate phenomenal acting, stories about transvestites, repressive regimes, prejudice, coping with adversity and one person shows." - Bruce 6302, Show-Score

 

 

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