I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright
  • Title: I Am My Own Wife
  • Author: Doug Wright
  • ISBN: 9780571211746
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright I Am My Own Wife I Am My Own Wife is the winner of the 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 Charlot
    I Am My Own Wife is the 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 whI Am My Own Wife is the 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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    1. Doug Wright is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004 for his play, I Am My Own Wife.


    168 Comments


    1. It was good and a sympathetic portrayal of a transwoman, but call me a philistine, but I just can t get behind the modern play technique of writing a condensed biography with a few extra scenes of writer s turmoil and calling it a work of much effort or talent.

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    2. Fascinating, but having a hard time finishing.OK, after a bezillion fake starts and forced pick it ups, I finally got to a place where I was fascinated by this story I think the protagonist of this play was named Charlotte von Mahlsdorf anyway, what a brilliant life tranny cabaret historian diva in Nazi Germany Wow Just wow I d love to see this auf der Buhne.

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    3. Fascinating subject for a theatrical piece Had me reading and wondering as I went, just where Charlotte von Mahlsdorf really fit into the various scenarios The ending seemed like a cop out even though it s all based on fact all of this wonderful drama and secrecy and basically she s just crazy Not a favorite, but well styled and well written.

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    4. Doug won the Pulitzer for this one, so as he says, he ll always have an obituary and it will begin with PPW It s a tour de force for one actor, and as Wright is wont, deals with the eccentrics that define the life artists take in opposition to the herd Anytime you have an East German transvestite in the lead role you ve got my interest In a nice way of course.

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    5. I Am My Own Wife is a rare work that does not merely draw a one noted portrayal of its heroine but fully explores their questionable aspects and confronts how we record history and the difficulty of finding truth about one individual Wright had the sense initially that he had discovered a spotless hero in the transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a survivor of both the Nazis and the Communists in East Germany However, as he discovers that she has perhaps been an informer for the secret police, [...]

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    6. Interesting enough story, well written for the most part, about a gay man calling himself Charlotte, who managed to survive the Nazi era and Communist Berlin There s one big ugly problem though When serious, valid questions start to arise about the veracity of Charlotte s version of her life story, the playwright deliberately and openly avoids dealing with the issue, and the real possibility of Charlotte s having been a paid informer to the brutal regimes she has claimed to have been subverting [...]

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    7. A short, two act play about a famous German transvestite antiques dealer, whom I had never heard of before This is the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who was able to navigate through two of Europes most turbulent times, both Nazi Germany and The Cold War The play doesn t go into a lot of detail about the kinds of things she did to survive, both legal and illegal This would probably be my only criticism, and yet, it just piques my interest even An award winning play A play well deserving, and [...]

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    8. I m not adding all the stuff I read in high school to for the most part, unless it left some impression on me But this I will add We read this in A.P Lit in preparation for seeing it performed at the Goodman And it was incredible

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    9. It takes a few pages to get into the play, but once in, I couldn t put it down I now want to learn about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf I would love to see this play in person with an actor who has the chops to smoothly make all of the transitions possible.

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    10. wow what a great piece of work I would love to see it performed.

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    11. Read an excerpt from Doug Wright s introduction to the reissue of Tennessee Williams The Night Of The IguanaThe following is an introduction by Doug Wright to Tennessee Williams The Night of the Iguana, excerpted from the version of Williams play recently reissued by New Directions Publishing.UNCLE TENNESSEEMy mother had a headache, and so I came to know the work of Tennessee Williams.Dallas, Texas, is a sophisticated city now, but in 1974 it was still a cultural backwater, and my parents were [...]

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    12. I picked this up in my ongoing quest to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction and drama, and I finished it just over an hour This is a brilliant piece of postmodern drama that chronicles the life of famed German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf I hadn t heard of von Mahlsdorf prior to reading this play, but I was in high school when she came to fame after the fall of the Berlin Wall Wright has created an important piece detailing an fascinating component of often unheard of gay h [...]

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    13. I finished reading this unusual play about the East German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in less than an hour With the fall of the Berlin Wall, she was first noticed as a curiosity, then as a heroine an unabashed transvestite who survived both the Nazis and the Communists and saved the trappings of a Weimer Era gay club and finally, as a frightened gay man who did what he whatever he had to including snitch to the German Stazi secret police.The play is somewhat unsatisfactory however, it [...]

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    14. I AM MY OWN WIFE 2004 Doug Wright .In this short, two act play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Wright attempts to explore the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf born Lothar Berfelde in 1928 , a notorious transvestite and collector of antiques from the period of Wilhelm II His goal was to present a life that was full of contradictions in such a manner that led to an understanding of how Charlotte managed to make it through two of the most severe regimes known in modern times the Nazis and the [...]

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    15. Not the best of the Pulitzer winning dramas The structure, intent, and telling of the story is far to precious practically by the author s own admission to be digested properly There are myriad tomes of historical drama The Laramie Project who s creator, Moises Kaufman, subsequently directed the Broadway production , Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, The Farnsworth Invention, and War Horse, to name a few that effectively capture the spirit, scope and impact of their respective subjects in translating [...]

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    16. Charlotte von Mahlsdorf had a bit of a schizophrenic presence in German media she was seen as a transvestite hero, a survivor of the Nazi and Communist regimes, and a proud founder of the Gr nderzeit Museum while also being portrayed as a Stasi collaborator and a traitor to the GLBT underground in East Germany So it is perhaps appropriate that in Doug Wright s play Mahlsdorf essentially takes on 37 roles and personalities, including Nazi thugs, Stasi agents, marginalized Berliners, US servicemen [...]

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    17. I wouldn t define narcissism as a twenty page exploratory introduction about how you were hesitant to talk about yourself which is how Wright begins the published version his play , but it makes a pretty good example of it Of course, Wright comes out of a milieu along with Moises Kaufman and Tony Kushner that have made a career out of talking about themselves, how deep their reactions are and how keen their understanding is, and mistaking that for a universal gay experience or gay history Which [...]

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    18. I Am My Own Wife is a play is about how we record history what we include, what we exclude, and how to approach both the good and the unsavory parts of a person Lohar Charlotte is an intriguing character based on a real person who grew up on Germany, lived through WW2 and the dismantling of the Berlin wall These facts could apply to millions of Germans but her story is unique in both the telling and the point of view of the teller I Am My Own Wife won the Pulitzer for drama a few years back For [...]

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    19. What can you do when you find out too much of the subject of your next play During your research, you find that your idolized main character is flawed And even worse yet, you aren t entirely sure what is the truth The author of this play, Doug Wright, struggles with his conscience and his creative process and crafts an honest portrayal of Charlotte, a transvestite who struggled against child abuse, the SS, and the Stasi Charlotte has amassed a museum of gay cabaret memorabilia, which she has kep [...]

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    20. Phenomenal I want to see this play this is a one wo man act, performing role after role in seamless motion, with and against himself herself I can t believe this is based a true story, either that makes it all that much amazing I just checked the tour if I could jump seven years into the past, I would, but no luck Edit 12 24 12 Actually read this last summer, but didn t quite know how to react other than to love it still don t quite know, but I remember how interesting it was that the playwrigh [...]

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    21. The problem with this is that it reminded me of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but without the songs I sort of feel like they couldn t give the Pulitzer to Hedwig, so they gave it to this There s a whole lot in common an East Berlin connection, oppressed gay life, cross dressing, understanding one s self, etc It is well written and is apparently true, but it feels well, too nice Even his Nazi father and all the Stasi stuff seems to be presented in a somewhat pleasant way It reads like grandma tellin [...]

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    22. The Pulitzer Prize winning story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf 1928 2002 , a transgender woman who lived in Germany and survived both the Nazi and Stasi eras She makes difficult decisions, in self preservation it would appear, and the play examines the nature of history and memory Playwright Doug Wright, who includes himself as a character in the play, interviews Charlotte, tells her story, and doesn t shy away from controversy, which results in a play that is all the poignant because of it My onl [...]

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    23. I ve never read anything about German transvestites before, so this was something new and different And I usually don t enjoy reading plays, but I read the introduction and was intrigued, and ended up reading the whole thing on a long train ride home Was very glad to have read the intro, too, to get a good sense of the playwright s interviews with Charlotte and his struggles with crafting a representation of her and her complicated life story Made me want to read a biography of her Better yet wo [...]

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    24. 2004 Pulitzer and Tony Award A play about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite in East Berlin, who collects Wilhelm II antiques during the regimes of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, but I couldn t help but keep in mind that I was missing out on so much of the power of this piece without seeing it performed One man portrays over 30 characters I watched a brief youtube video to try and grasp how this is even humanly possible to do well and I was blown away b [...]

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    25. I love the fact that this play is decidedly about history how we preserve it, what we choose to remember, the sometimes deceptive ways in which we choose to remember it than it is about transvestism in general I also like that it s a one man show AND that every character wears the same outfit pearls and a black dress be it man or woman The central character, Charlotte, is really demonstrative of both the lengths a person will go to to survive and preserve their sense of self and also just how m [...]

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    26. This was quite an interesting read and not what I had expected in the first place I remembered the praise this recieved at the tony s when it debuted in 2003 and found a copy at a warehouse book sale and decided to give it a whirl I am my own wife chronicles ones personal attachment to history and how the fabric of life is made up of only what we decided to include and highlight I read this in nearly an hour and found the ending to be the most compelling aspect of the story You really fall in lo [...]

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    27. Wow I m out of the consensus on this one I m just contradictory, I suppose, For what it s worth my dislike of this piece is largely because I wanted to learn about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf I really don t have any interest in learning about Doug Wright.Moreover, I didn t like the dramaturgy Maybe it s effective on stage to have 35 roles played by one actor, but it seems like a gimmick to me And I thought that the way that the play jumps around in time was confusing and distracting.

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    28. A fascinating play about a fascinating character One of those deceptively simple creations that stays with you and makes you think on various levels I was particularly interested in what it explores about the layers of identity layers that apply to all of us, not only to those who are so demonstratively different to the norm The edition I read included interesting notes about the genesis of the play It must be quite astonishing in performance.Recommended for anyone interested in the unlikeliest [...]

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    29. Play is good, but weirdly self indulgent The playwright writes himself in as a character, so a good deal of the text is him glorifying himself and his struggles creating a play about a woman he respects I think that my issues with the play are solely textual the execution would probably be far interesting because the play is actually a one woman show performed by a single man I read it directly after reading Charlotte s memoirs, so my perception is very biased.

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