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I Am My Own Wife
by Doug Wright
Directed by Lou Clark
Featuring Hal Simons

Location: The Vortex Theatre

Dates: July 11-27
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm
Sundays, 2:00 pm
plus Thursday July 17, 7:30 pm
(No performance Friday July 25)

Genre: Drama

Description: Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Obie award-winning playwright Doug Wright won the Pulitzer for I Am My Own Wife in 2004. This production is a remount of the New Mexico premiere initially produced by the Vortex as part of their 30th anniversary season in 2006. The one-man play features Albuquerque theatre favorite Hal Simons playing thirty five characters and is directed by award-winning theatre artist Lou Clark. Vortex Board Members chose to remount this production due to the success of the 2006 venture with Simons and Clark.

The play is a tour de-force one-man show that explores, through the emergence of thirty five different characters, the extraordinary true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. An East Berlin transvestite and celebrated collector of Wilhelm II antiques, von Mahlsdorf successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the twentieth century--the Nazis and the Communists. Charlotte did this while openly gay and defiantly in drag, and was distinguished with Germany’s Order of Merit after the Berlin Wall came down. But controversy hounded her final years in the form of accusations of complicity with the Stasi, and the facts behind Charlotte’s remarkable survival may never be known.

In exploring his own conflicted feelings about Charlotte--was she a hero of queer history or Judas in a black dress and pearls?--Doug Wright produced a profound and dramatic work that, as Heidi Weiss noted in the Chicago Sun-Times is “at once a vivid portrait of Germany in the second half of the twentieth century, a morally complex tale about what it takes to be a survivor, and an intriguing mediation on everything from the obsession with collecting to the passage of time.” Barry Gaines of the Albuquerque Journal wrote of the 2006 New Mexico premiere: “Under the sensitive direction of Lou Clark, Hal Simons provides a memorable evening of theater, earning a standing ovation at the Vortex.”

Sponsored by: The Vortex Theatre

Price: General Admission $20.00
Students $12

For More Information: (505)247-8600
The Vortex Theatre
2004 1/2 Central SE
Albuquerque
(entrance on Buena Vista Drive)

Website: http://www.vortexabq.org


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