Carnival Studio Theater. From October 4 through 21, 2012.
Zoetic Stage and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly present Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife, an uplifting drama based on the gripping true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who triumphed, and against all odds, survived the brutal regimes of the Nazis and Communists in East Berlin. Playing October 4 – 21, 2012 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), I Am My Own Wife marks Zoetic Stage’s much-anticipated return to the Arsht Center for its third season. This production will also launch the company’s 2012-2013 season as part of the Arsht Center’s highly-acclaimed Theater Up Close series which features artistic collaborations from stellar local theater ensembles and nationally acclaimed theater companies.
I Am My Own Wife, directed by Zoetic Stage artistic director Stuart Meltzer, is based on multiple conversations between playwright Doug Wright and Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a prim and peculiar German transvestite who hid from the Nazis as a woman. Carbonell Award-winning actor Tom Wahl will portray the elegant Charlotte and more than 40 other characters that come across her controversial life. At its core, I Am My Own Wife is a remarkable one-man tour de force – strikingly political and beautifully humane.
During her struggle to survive, Charlotte escaped reality by indulging her passion for antique furnishings and managed to collect countless artifacts to place in her private museum. Michael McKeever, Zoetic Stage co-founder and I Am My Own Wife scenic designer, will create an intriguing installation, inspired by Charlotte’s eerie shrine to German craftsmanship, to serve as a visual timeline of her life’s encounters.
Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer says, “Zoetic Stage is excited to be opening our third season at the Arsht Center. I Am My Own Wife is a play that promises to touch, educate, and enlighten South Florida audiences and be one of those theater experiences that stays with you for the rest of your life.”
Tickets are $40 & $45, and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305.949.6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132