BoHo Theatre


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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.

  • Charlotte: Peter Robel
  • Scenic Designer: John Zuiker
  • Lighting Designer Katy Peterson
  • Costume Designer Emma Weber
  • Stage Manager David Solotke
  • Producer: Thomas J. Samorian

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