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I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Rebecca Martínez

February 5 – March 1, 2020
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: February 21, 2020

The timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning play about survival and identity under the cloak of World War II Germany

A tour de force performance, in the vein of Long Wharf favorites An Iliad and Satchmo at the Waldorf, I Am My Own Wife tells the inspiring true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. As an openly transgender woman, she bravely survives both the Nazi and Communist regimes of East Germany with her unique mix of strength, savvy and grace. This powerful and life-affirming masterpiece—in the first major revival in a decade—will leave you speechless.

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MEET THE CAST


MASON ALEXANDER PARK (Charlotte von Mahlsdorf) (they/them) is making their Long Wharf Theatre debut. Mason just wrapped up a critically acclaimed run as the Emcee in Cabaret in Washington D.C and is thrilled to be back in Germany by way of Long Wharf Theatre for I Am My Own Wife. Favorite credits include Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1st National Tour), Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and the first countertenor to play Miss Andrew in Disney’s Mary Poppins (Pittsburgh CLO). They were honored at the Kennedy Center as the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Musical Theater (documented in PBS’ “Becoming an Artist”). Other TV/film credits include the PBS reality series “Broadway or Bust,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures, and Before You Know It, which premiered at Sundance in 2019. Mason can be heard on the podcast “Loveville High.” masonalexanderpark.com

 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR


DOUG WRIGHT (Playwright) (he/him) Doug wrote the book for the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. In 2006, he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his book for the Broadway musical Grey Gardens. In 2004, his play I Am My Own Wife received the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award, a GLAAD Media Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award. Earlier in his career, Doug’s play Quills won an Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting and the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play. He wrote the screenplay adaptation of Quills, making his motion picture debut. The film was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and received three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe Award nomination, and the Writers Guild of America’s Paul Selvin Award. For director Rob Marshall, Doug penned the television special “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which received seven Emmy Awards. His stage work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, London, Stockholm, Bucharest, Krakow, Dublin, Budapest, Brasov, and Viterbo, among other cities. Doug’s plays include The Stonewater Rapture, Interrogating the Nude, Watbanaland, Buzzsaw Berkeley, and Unwrap Your Candy. For career achievement, he was recently cited with an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and KulturForum Europa’s Tolerance Prize. Dough is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America East, Screen Actors Guild, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Directing credits include Kiki and Herb: Pardon Our Appearance in DC, Philadelphia, and London. Acting credits include the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers. Currently, Doug serves on the board of New York Theater Workshop. He lives in New York with his partner, singer/songwriter David Clement.

REBECCA MARTÍNEZ (Director) (she/her) Long Wharf Theatre debut. She is a New York City-based director, choreographer, deviser, and ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre. Recent projects include Songs About Trains (Off-Broadway, world premiere), Don’t Go (Sojourn Theatre, world premiere), Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Miss You Like Hell (Baltimore Center Stage), Wolf at the Door (Milagro Theatre, National New Play Network rolling world premiere), Anna in the Tropics (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Henry Award for Outstanding Direction), and Tomás and the Library Lady (Oregon Children’s Theatre). Rebecca has worked with INTAR, Working Theater, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Dramatists, 52nd Street Project, and Radical Evolution, among others. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a member of The Sol Project, the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater, INTAR’s UNIT 52, Latinx Theatre Commons Advisory Committee, and the 2018-2020 WP Lab. Awards and residencies include 2019 Audrey Resident, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow, four Drammy Awards, and a Lilla Jewel Award. Member of SDC. rebeccamartinez.org 

 

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM


BRITTON MAUK Set Design (he/him)
DANIEL TYLER MATHEWS Costume Design (them/them)
JENNIFER FOK Lighting Design (she/her)
KIMBERLY S. O’LOUGHLIN Composition and Sound Design (she/her)
LIAM BELLMAN-SHARPE Original Music (he/him)
CHERIE CORINNE RICE Dialect Director (she/her)
IANNE FIELDS STEWART Cultural Competency Consultant (she/her, they/them)
EMELY ZEPEDA Production Stage Manager (she/her)
AMY PATRICIA STERN Assistant Stage Manager (she/her)
KEVIN PALEY Assistant Director (they/them)

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