I AM MY OWN WIFE

 

 

WINNER
2004 TONY
® AWARDS
Best Play
Best Actor

WINNER
2004 PULITZER PRIZE
FOR DRAMA

WINNER
2004 DRAMA DESK
AWARDS
Outstanding Play
Outstanding Solo Performance

WINNER
2004 LUCILLE LORTEL
AWARDS
Outstanding Solo Show
Outstanding Scenic Design

WINNER
2004 OUTER CRITICS
CIRCLE AWARDS
Outstanding Broadway Play
Outstanding Solo Performance

WINNER
2004 DRAMA LEAGUE
AWARD
Distinguished Production of a Play

WINNER
2004 THEATRE WORLD
AWARDS
Jefferson Mays

WINNER
2004 OBIE AWARDs
Jefferson Mays, Performance
Moisés Kaufman, Direction
Derek McLane, Set Design

Further Exploration

Purchase the Pulitzer Prize winning play - "I Am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright published in January 2004.

Explore our interactive multimedia chronology of the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf

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Read about the History of the Lyceum Theatre

chronology of the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf
Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf

Visit the Grunderzeit Museum
Gründerzeitmuseum im Gutshaus Mahlsdorf (in German)
(or in translated English)

Magnus-Hirschfeld-Society
Centre for Research on the History of Sexual Science

National Socialist German Worker's Party :: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, NSDAP, 'Nazi'

Available books and multimedia related to Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf:

I AM MY OWN WOMAN

I Am My Own Woman:
The Outlaw Life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, Berlin's Most Distinguished Transvestite

By Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf

Published in 1995, by Cleis Press
179 Pages
ISBN 1-57344-010-8
Autobiography

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Hailed by Der Spiegel as speaking to "the fate of a whole generation of German homosexuals," I Am My Own Woman is the exquisitely written autobiography of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, whose lifelong pursuits of sexual liberty and antique furniture offer a unique perspective on European history.  During World War II, von Mahlsdorf murdered his father, dubbed himself Charlotte (after this cross-dressing lesbian aunt's lover) and has lived openly as a transvestite since.  Dressed in high-heeled sandals and a good suit, Charlotte has collected furnishings from the Grunderzeit for half a century:  in the Third Reich, she "rescued" pieces from Jewish deportees; in the German Democratic Republic, she protected "bourgeois cultural assets" from the Stasi.  Now well past sixty, a quietly passionate, steadfast and serene figure, Charlotte shuns makeup, wearing the simplest frocks.  The Grunderzeit Museum - which Charlotte and her friends have defended against assault from skinheads - has become a symbol for the German lesbian and gay community.
 
 

I AM MY OWN WOMAN

I Am My Own Woman
(1993) - English subtitles

Format: VHS Color, NTSC
Rated: NR
Studio: Cinevista Inc.
Video Release: Nov 16, 1994
Run Time: 1 Hour 31 minutes

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A docudrama about Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived the Nazis and became a gay rights leader in Germany, earning the Cross of the Order of Merit from the government for furthering the cause of sexual freedom.

Cast includes: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Ichgola Androgyn and Jens Taschner.

Directed by Rosa von Praunheim

 

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I am my own wife by Doug Wright on broadway, lyceum theatre.  Starring Jefferson Mays, Directed by Moises Kaufamn. I Am My Own Wife: Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive the Nazi onslaught as well as the following, repressive Communist regime. The one-man play stars Obie-Award winner Jefferson Mays as over 40 characters, including the controversial figure herself and the American writer who becomes intrigued by her.