“Never forget that you are living in the lion’s den.
Sometimes, you must howl with the wolves.”
Madison Repertory Theatre presents the Wisconsin premiere of Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife, winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Opening January 13 – following two special Preview performances – this riveting play first premiered in 2003 at off-Broadway’s Playwrights’ Horizons. Following its sold-out off-Broadway run, it moved to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. I Am My Own Wife tells the story of a German man who survived a brutal father, the Nazi onslaught, and later the oppressive Communist regime – in a dress.
“As soon as I saw Doug’s play in New York I knew I had to bring it to Madison,” commented Artistic Director Richard Corley. “I Am My Own Wife may just be the most original play in the past ten years. It’s also a very funny, surprisingly touching story that asks important questions about who we are.”
Employing forty different roles, I Am My Own Wife features a single actor, David Adkins, who returns to Madison after playing Mitch in last season’s Tuesdays With Morrie. In an acting tour de force, Atkins will morph from the playwright to the leading character, Charolotte von Mahlsdorf, to her father, to her aunt, to a Nazi soldier, to many others. “I’m thrilled to return to this lovely city,” said the New York based actor, “especially for such an amazing play – and a dream role for any actor.”
Directing I Am My Own Wife is the South African born, Salt Lake City resident Roger Benington. “This is the kind of play I love,” said Benington, who was recently awarded the prestigious TCG/NEA Career Development grant. “Wright’s play is a highly theatrical story about someone who defied stereotype and simplification. David and I are having a great time in rehearsal bringing Charlotte’s story to life.”
Generously sponsored by Thompson Investment Management, I Am My Own Wife will be the final production presented in Promenade Hall in the Overture Center for the Arts before Madison Repertory Theatre moves into The Playhouse, its new home in Overture.
There are two special Preview performances this year, with a free reception Wednesday and Thursday, January 11 and 12 (reception at 6:30, performance at 7:30) sponsored by Restaino, Bunbury &