I Am My Own Wife

by Doug Wright 

2018 National Tour

2018 – 1 venue – Brisbane

A production by Oriel Group in association with Christine Harris & HIT Productions.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright (Quills, Grey Gardens) began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, survived two of the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century, the Nazis and the Communists. After hundreds of hours of interviews Wright emerged with this fascinating and breathtaking story of survival and identity. 

In this one man tour de force, Wright uses more than 30 characters—all played here by Ben Gerrard (Molly, Open Slather, Wolf Creek 2) —to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound and mesmerising piece of theatre that should not be missed!


Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf: Ben Gerrard


Playwright: Doug Wright

Producer: Oriel Group

Tour Coordinator: Christine Harris & HIT Productions

Director: Shaun Rennie

Lighting Designer: Hugh Hamilton

Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson

Set Designer: Caroline Comino

I AM MY OWN WIFE was originally produced on Broadway by Delphi Productions and David Richenthal.

Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced the World Premiere Off-Broadway in 2003.

This play was written with support from Playwrights Horizons, made possible in part by funds granted to the author through a program sponsored by Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

A workshop of the play was presented by La Jolla Playhouse; Des McAnuff, Artistic Director, Terrence Dwyer, Managing Director.

Developed in part with the support of the Sundance Theatre Laboratory.

A workshop was also presented by the About Face Theatre (Eric Rosen, Artistic Director) in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art.