I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife

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I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf

I Am My Own Wife is the 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571211746
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/09/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

About 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!