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I Am My Own Wife: A Play

 
 
 
 
I Am My Own Wife: A Play
Author: Doug Wright
ISBN 13: 9780571211746
ISBN 10: 571211747
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 2004-02-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
List Price: $14.00
 
 

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).

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I AM MY OWN WIFE revels in a particular time and place, but it is more than a historical document.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.