I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan & Stephen M. Genovese
Jan 15 — Feb 13, 2010
presented at The Heartland Studio
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was a 60-something transvestite who had survived both the Nazis and Communists, two very conformist regimes. At the time, she was living in a rural suburb, passing her senior years tending to an impressive hoard of 1890s collectibles, and leading tours through her stone mansion that doubled as a museum.
I Am My Own Wife tells of author Doug Wright's fascination with von Mahlsdorf. Born Lothar Berfelde, in 1928, Charlotte identified while still a teenager as a female spirit trapped in a male body, and openly cross-dressed most of her life. The first night that he met Charlotte, he realized that her story merited a play. Guest artist, Actor's Equity actor, and BoHo Company member Peter Robel portrays more than 40 characters in a work that explores the will to survive.
Nominated for THREE Jeff Citations!
- Principle Actor (Play): Peter Robel
- Lighting Design: Katy Peterson
- Scenic Design: John Zuiker — WINNER!
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Rave reviews for I Am My Own Wife:
"Completely captivating, wholly believable and shrewdly but subtly inscrutable, Robel (co-directed by Stephen M. Genovese and Peter Marston Sullivan), gives a bravura performance." (Highly Recommended)
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"A masterpiece production.... Once again [BoHo] cement themselves as a shining example of the best that Chicago theater has to offer by creating an evening of intimately spellbinding magic." (Highly Recommended)
–Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review