LGBTQ Theatre in Chicago to Reimagine “I Am My Own Wife”

Tuesday, June 21, 8:39 PM written by AFT Theatre

by Olivia Clement at Playbill


About Face Theatre will stage Doug Wright’s acclaimed solo play with three actors, including transgender actress Delia Kropp.

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According to Time Out, Chicago’s About Face Theatre, a center for LGBTQ arts, will stage a reimagined production of Doug Wright’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning solo play, I Am My Own Wife, with a transgender actress and two other actors.

The play, about an East German transgender woman named Charlotte, will feature a cast that includes transgender actress Delia Kropp.

“Working with Delia and the two other actors removes the virtuosity from the piece, focusing instead on Doug Wright’s fantastic text, re-emphasizing Charlotte’s narrative, and creating new visibility for her in this context,” director Andrew Volkoff said in a press release. Further casting will be announced at a later date, with performances set to run November 4-10.

I Am My Own Wife was developed at About Face before debuting in New York Off-Broadway. The acclaimed work played on Broadway November 2003-October 2004 starring Jefferson Mays, who won a Tony Award for his performance. In the play, the character of Charlotte operates an antique business and manages to escape both the Nazi and Communist regimes.

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