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I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
is a play by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. The one-man play premiered Off-Broadway in 2003 at Playwrights Horizons. It opened on Broadway later that year. The play was developed with Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project, and Kaufman also acted as director. Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
starred in the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, playing some forty roles. Wright received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
(or I Am My Own Woman) is also the English title of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf's autobiography, first issued in 1992, translated in 1995.

Contents

1 Plot synopsis 2 Productions 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Plot synopsis[edit] I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
is an examination of the life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde, who killed her father when she was a young child and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin
East Berlin
as a transgender woman. Productions[edit] I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
began with Moises Kauffman and Doug Wright at About Face Theatre in Chicago in 2002, and moved to Broadway in 2004 where it won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (Mays) and Best Play.[1] In 2004, the play had its European premiere at Stockholms Stadsteater, Stockholm, starring Björn Kjellman. In 2005, it had its American regional premiere at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, starring Todd Almond. That production then traveled to Actors Theatre of Louisville and Florida Studio Theatre. In 2006, the play was staged in Hudson, New York at Stageworks/Hudson starring Broadway actor Jeffrey Kuhn, in Toronto, Ontario
Ontario
at CanStage, with Stephen Ouimette in the starring role, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Playhouse Theatre with Canadian actor Tom Rooney, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal with actor Brett Christopher, in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
at the Gerding Theater starring actor Wade McCollum, in Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
at the Portland Stage Company starring actor Tom Ford, and in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Performance Network Theatre
Performance Network Theatre
starring actor Malcolm Tulip. In January 2007, the San Pedro Playhouse in San Antonio, Texas successfully mounted the play. It was also performed at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey from January 16, 2007 to February 11, 2007. It featured Mark Nelson, and was directed by Anders Cato. Vince Gatton performed the role in a production directed by Andrew Volkoff at Barrington Stage Company in 2008. A French translation (Ma femme, c'est moi) was performed in February 2009 at Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Montreal. It also ran at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, starring Helen Hayes award winner Andrew Long, and directed by Alan Paul, and at Theater Three[2] in Port Jefferson, New York, featuring Jeffrey Sanzel. Between May 6 and May 23, 2009, it played in Tasmania
Tasmania
at the Earl Arts Centre[3] in Launceston, and the Theatre Royal, Hobart
Theatre Royal, Hobart
Backspace, produced by the Tasmanian Theatre Company,[4] and featuring Robert Jarman. In the Czech Republic, the play was premiered in 2008 by Divadlo Letí[5] in Prague, starring Pavol Smolárik. At the same time it was also staged by a Czech non-professional theater group[6] with Libor Ulovec in the role. The latter was awarded the Best Czech Non-Professional Drama Performance 2009 and Libor Ulovec received (among others) the Best Czech Non-Professional Actor Prize 2009. In Mexico it is starring by the actor Hector Bonilla who, on January 23, 2010, accomplished 100 performances, with 89 standing ovations by that time. It was also performed in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at Gettysburg Stage starring actor Eric Jones. In Greece, I Am My Own Wife[7] had its premiere in January 2011, in Bios Basement, Athens.[8] It was produced by Degreezero[9] Theatre Company, translated and directed by Iossif Vardakis and performed by Haris Attonis with the original music of Marietta Fafouti who also composed a special song for the show, named "Ich Erinnere Mich"[10] — lyrics by Dimitris Dimopoulos. It went on for 20 performances and carried on for the following season, moving to 104[11] theatre, in Athens
Athens
and opening in November 2011 for the second run. It has received great acceptance and outstanding critiques both for the whole of the show but for Haris Attonis' exceptional performance, as well. The play itself and the story of Charlotte are very well-timed with the political and social situation in Greece. The staging itself is very minimal and it has been considered to be one of the most emotional presentations, internationally and there have been innovations like the beard and the lack of the head scarf, for the very first time. Haris Attonis won the 2012 Best Male Theatre Performance Award for I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
in Athens
Athens
Voice Best Choice and Audience Awards and Marietta Fafouti won the 2012 Best Original Theatre Music for I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
in the Gay Theatre Awards. I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
returned to Chicago's About Face Theatre in November 2016 in a re-imagined production directed by Artistic director Andrew Volkoff using four actors and featuring Delia Kropp in the role of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. This production marks the first known professional performance of the role by a trans actor. It was met with high praise from area critics as well as the author. Awards and nominations[edit]

2004: Drama Desk Award for Best New Play 2004: Drama League Award for Best Play 2004: Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Solo Show 2004: Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2004: Tony Award for Best Play
Tony Award for Best Play
(Won) 2004: Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play (Jefferson Mays) (Won) 2004: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play 2004: Lambda Literary Award
Lambda Literary Award
for Drama

References[edit]

^ "AFT Looks Back: I AM MY OWN WIFE (2003) - About Face Theatre". aboutfacetheatre.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017.  ^ "Playing now". TheaterThree.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2010.  ^ "?". Launceston.tas.gov.au. Archived from the original on May 22, 2009.  ^ Wright, Doug (June 22–26, 20??). "I Am My Own Wife". Tasmanian Theatre Company. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2010.  Check date values in: date= (help) ^ "Divadlo Letí homepage".  ^ "Soliteater homepage".  ^ "I Am My Own Wife's Greek production page".  ^ "Bios Theatre, Athens".  ^ "Degreezero Theatre Company homepage".  ^ "Ich Erinnere Mich Video by Marietta Fafouti". YouTube.  ^ "104 Theatre homepage". 

Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(June 25, 2004). Downstage Center (Interview: Audio). Interview with American Theatre Wing https://soundcloud.com/american-theatre-wing/episode342. Retrieved June 29, 2008.  Missing or empty title= (help)

Further reading[edit]

Mays, Jefferson; Von Mahlsdorf, Charlotte (2004). I Am My Own Wife: Studies for a Play about the Life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. New York: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21174-7.  Mahlsdorf, Charlotte von; Hollander, Jean (translation) (1995). I Am My Own Woman: The Outlaw Life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf (translated 1st ed.). San Francisco: Cleis Press. ISBN 1573440108. 

von Mahlsdorf, Charlotte (2004) [1995]. I Am My Own Wife: The True Story of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf. Translated by Jean Hollander. San Francisco: Cleis Press. p. 180. ISBN 1573442003. 

External links[edit]

Theatre portal

I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
at the Internet Broadway Database I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Story on I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
in Bmore Live

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play

The Way of the World
The Way of the World
/ Thieves' Carnival / Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
/ The Merchant of Venice / The White Devil
The White Devil
(1955) The Iceman Cometh (1956) No award (1957–1974) Same Time, Next Year / Equus (1975) Streamers (1976) A Texas Trilogy / Otherwise Engaged (1977) Da (1978) The Elephant Man (1979) Children of a Lesser God (1980) Amadeus (1981) "Master Harold"...and the Boys
"Master Harold"...and the Boys
(1982) Torch Song Trilogy (1983) The Real Thing (1984) As Is (1985) A Lie of the Mind (1986) Fences (1987) M. Butterfly (1988) The Heidi Chronicles
The Heidi Chronicles
(1989) The Piano Lesson (1990) Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1991) Marvin's Room (1992) Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) Angels in America: Perestroika (1994) Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995) Master Class (1996) How I Learned to Drive (1997) The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
(1998) Wit (1999) Copenhagen (2000) Proof (2001) The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
/ Metamorphoses (2002) Take Me Out (2003) I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
(2004) Doubt: A Parable (2005) The History Boys
The History Boys
(2006) The Coast of Utopia (2007) August: Osage County (2008) Ruined (2009) Red (2010) War Horse (2011) Tribes (2012) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
(2013) All the Way (2014) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015) The Humans (2016) Oslo (2017)

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Pulitzer Prize for Drama

1918–1950

Why Marry? (1918) Beyond the Horizon (1920) Miss Lulu Bett (1921) Anna Christie
Anna Christie
(1922) Icebound (1923) Hell-Bent Fer Heaven (1924) They Knew What They Wanted (1925) Craig's Wife
Craig's Wife
(1926) In Abraham's Bosom (1927) Strange Interlude
Strange Interlude
(1928) Street Scene (1929) The Green Pastures
The Green Pastures
(1930) Alison's House
Alison's House
(1931) Of Thee I Sing
Of Thee I Sing
(1932) Both Your Houses (1933) Men in White (1934) The Old Maid (1935) Idiot's Delight (1936) You Can't Take It with You (1937) Our Town
Our Town
(1938) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1939) The Time of Your Life
The Time of Your Life
(1940) There Shall Be No Night (1941) The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth
(1943) Harvey (1945) State of the Union (1946) A Streetcar Named Desire (1948) Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
(1949) South Pacific (1950)

1951–1975

The Shrike (1952) Picnic (1953) The Teahouse of the August
August
Moon (1954) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
(1955) The Diary of Anne Frank (1956) Long Day's Journey into Night
Long Day's Journey into Night
(1957) Look Homeward, Angel (1958) J.B. (1959) Fiorello!
Fiorello!
(1960) All the Way Home (1961) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1962) The Subject Was Roses (1965) A Delicate Balance (1967) The Great White Hope
The Great White Hope
(1969) No Place to be Somebody (1970) The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1971) That Championship Season (1973) Seascape (1975)

1976–2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
(1976) The Shadow Box (1977) The Gin Game (1978) Buried Child
Buried Child
(1979) Talley's Folly
Talley's Folly
(1980) Crimes of the Heart (1981) A Soldier's Play (1982) 'night, Mother (1983) Glengarry Glen Ross
Glengarry Glen Ross
(1984) Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George
(1985) Fences (1987) Driving Miss Daisy (1988) The Heidi Chronicles
The Heidi Chronicles
(1989) The Piano Lesson (1990) Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1991) The Kentucky Cycle (1992) Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) Three Tall Women (1994) The Young Man from Atlanta
The Young Man from Atlanta
(1995) Rent (1996) How I Learned to Drive (1998) Wit (1999) Dinner with Friends (2000)

2001–present

Proof (2001) Topdog/Underdog (2002) Anna in the Tropics (2003) I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
(2004) Doubt: A Parable (2005) Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole
(2007) August: Osage County (2008) Ruined (2009) Next to Normal
Next to Normal
(2010) Clybourne Park (2011) Water by the Spoonful (2012) Disgraced
Disgraced
(2013) The Flick (2014) Between Riverside and Crazy (2015) Hamilton (2016) Sweat (2017)

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Tony Award for Best Play

1948-1975

Mister Roberts (1948) Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
(1949) The Cocktail Party
The Cocktail Party
(1950) The Rose Tattoo
The Rose Tattoo
(1951) The Fourposter
The Fourposter
(1952) The Crucible
The Crucible
(1953) The Teahouse of the August
August
Moon (1954) The Desperate Hours (1955) The Diary of Anne Frank (1956) Long Day's Journey into Night
Long Day's Journey into Night
(1957) Sunrise at Campobello (1958) J.B. (1959) The Miracle Worker (1960) Becket (1961) A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons
(1962) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1963) Luther (1964) The Subject Was Roses (1965) Marat/Sade
Marat/Sade
(1966) The Homecoming
The Homecoming
(1967) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1968) The Great White Hope
The Great White Hope
(1969) Borstal Boy (1970) Sleuth (1971) Sticks and Bones (1972) That Championship Season (1973) The River Niger (1974) Equus (1975)

1976-2000

Travesties
Travesties
(1976) The Shadow Box (1977) Da (1978) The Elephant Man (1979) Children of a Lesser God (1980) Amadeus (1981) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982) Torch Song Trilogy (1983) The Real Thing (1984) Biloxi Blues (1985) I'm Not Rappaport (1986) Fences (1987) M. Butterfly (1988) The Heidi Chronicles
The Heidi Chronicles
(1989) The Grapes of Wrath (1990) Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1991) Dancing at Lughnasa
Dancing at Lughnasa
(1992) Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) Angels in America: Perestroika (1994) Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995) Master Class (1996) The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997) 'Art' (1998) Side Man (1999) Copenhagen (2000)

2001-present

Proof (2001) The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
(2002) Take Me Out (2003) I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife
(2004) Doubt: A Parable (2005) The History Boys
The History Boys
(2006) The Coast of Utopia (2007) August: Osage County (2008) God of Carnage
God of Carnage
(2009) Red (2010) War Horse (2011) Clybourne Park (2012) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
(2013) All the Way (2014) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015) The Humans

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