Publisher description for I am my own wife : studies for a play about the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf : a play / by Doug Wright.


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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).


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Mahlsdorf, Charlotte von, 1928- Drama, Collectors and collecting Drama, National socialism Drama, Transvestites Drama, Communism Drama, Gay men Drama, Germany Drama