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I Am My Own Wife

12 - 29 October 2017 State Theatre Centre of WA

I Am My Own Wife

12 - 29 October 2017 State Theatre Centre of WA Buy tickets

Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company

By Doug Wright

"The most singular eccentric individual the Cold War ever birthed." Doug Wright

Gay hero? Killer? Stasi informant?

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is an examination of the life of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, she killed her father when she was 12 years old, was sentenced to four years in juvenile prison and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in plain sight as a transvestite.

As an adult she lived just as provocatively, running a museum of furniture and everyday objects sourced from destroyed and abandoned houses in Berlin. A museum that became well known as a hangout for the local LGBTI community, with a secret Weimar cabaret dive bar in the basement.

Doug Wright skilfully uses more than 30 characters, himself included, to masterfully tell – through interviews, recollections of selective encounters, letters and song – the struggle and triumph of Charlotte’s extraordinary life. A truly engaging and dynamic Broadway biography that will disarm and fascinate!

A Black Swan Lab Production

Warning: Adult themes

Cast and Crew

Director: Joe Lui
Costume Designer: Cherish Marrington
Lighting Designer: Chris Donnelly
Sound Designer: Joe Lui

Cast: Brendan Hanson

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.
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