Ben Gerrard in I Am My Own Wife (High Res) - photo by Kurt Sneddon

Ben Gerrard stars in ‘I am my own wife’ (Photo courtesy of Kurt Sneddon)

In the darkest of days, on the path to survival, our moral compass must reconfigure: What is right and what is wrong?

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, 30 characters – all played by Ben Gerrard (Outland, Open Slather, Molly, Songs for the Fallen) – 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 mesmerizing piece of theatre.

This debut production for Oriel Group is directed by acclaimed actor and director Shaun Rennie (Rent, Cats, Mamma Mia) and produced by Elise McCann (currently starring as Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical).

“a fascinating and beautifully written character study” – New York Times

“it’s theatre at its most seductive and powerful” – The Age

“unfailingly smart and elegant” – Variety


By Doug Wright
With Ben Gerrard
Directed by Shaun Rennie
Presented by Oriel Group in association with Red Line Productions

Venue: Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street (Cnr Cathedral Street), Woolloomooloo Season: 17 November – 5 December 2015
Times: Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sunday 5pm, Saturday 5 December 3pm
Price: $35 Adult, $30 Concession, $25 Previews and Cheap Tuesday