The one-person show features a bravura performance by actor Jefferson Mays, who effortlessly shifts from person to person, totalling some 30-plus characters before the evening is through.
The play chronicles the true life story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived not only the Third Reich, but the oppressive Communist regime that followed, and scribe Doug Wright's own struggle to document what he believes is her important story. Wright himself is a character within the piece.
The play is being transferred to Broadway by Delphi Productions, in association with Playwrights Horizons, after a highly successful and critically praised extended run off-Broadway.
I Am My Own Wife is directed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency), with settings by Derek McLane, lights by David Lander, costumes by Janice Pytel, and sound by Andre J. Pluess & Ben Sussman.
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