I Am My Own Wife

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Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

From the Obie Award-winning author of Quills comes this acclaimed one-man show, which explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. A transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century-the Nazis and the Communists—while openly gay and defiantly in drag, von Mahlsdorf was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Stasi. In an...

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Overview

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

From the Obie Award-winning author of Quills comes this acclaimed one-man show, which explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. A transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century-the Nazis and the Communists—while openly gay and defiantly in drag, von Mahlsdorf was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Stasi. In an attempt to discern the truth about Charlotte, Doug Wright has written "at once a vivid portrait of Germany in the second half of the twentieth century, a morally complex tale about what it can take to be a survivor, and an intriguing meditation on everything from the obsession with collecting to the passage of time" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times).

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Editorial Reviews

A.P.
I AM MY OWN WIFE revels in a particular time and place, but it is more than a historical document. The play is a vivid portrait of a unique person whose ability to endure has been turned into a highly theatrical journey.
BackStage
...riveting theatre...the structure of the play is original, challenging, and involving.
NY Times
I AM MY OWN WIFE is the most stirring new work to appear on Broadway this fall...both moving and intellectually absorbing.
nytheatre.com
A truly remarkable experience in the theatre, I AM MY OWN WIFE is a must-see...an experience that is intellectual, theatrical, funny, and poignant...the integrity of his writing provokes us to think, it teaches us a history we never knew we had, and without forgiveness and sentiment unravels the story of one life.
Village Voice
...saucy, sagacious, entirely fascinating solo play...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822220244
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 782,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Wright's Quills received the 1995 Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club and a 1995 Village Voice Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Wright also wrote the screenplay adaptation of Quills, making his motion picture debut. The film was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and was also nominated for three Oscars. Some of Wright's other plays include Interrogating the Nude, Watbanaland, The Stonewater Rapture, Dinosaurs, and a musical, Buzzsaw Berkeley, which features songs by Michael John LaChiusa. Wright has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and an M.F.A. from NYU. A member of the Dramatists Guild and the New York Theatre Workshop, he has taught playwriting at NYU and Princeton University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    A very important work

    This is an incredibly important play about both coping and acceptance. As a 60+ straight man living in non-metro areas, I've not had the opportunity to pay a lot of attention to the gay community. In presenting this life the way he did, Mr Wright has stressed once again, as he did in Quills, not only the importance of perseverance but also the need we all have to be understanding, compassionate and tolerant of all who inhabit this planet. He's a gifted playwright and demonstrates his brilliance in this intelligent, humorous, insightful and thought-provoking work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

    This is a beautiful play about triumph. Everyone should be required to read this play. Its beautiful, eloquent, heartbreaking, and funny. It will make you laugh and cry. Read it!!! You will LOVE it!!!

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