I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright
Presented by: Stage @WarnerCT
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
68 Main Street
Torrington CT 06790
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Doug Wright is based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years. I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year old German transgender woman who, against all odds, managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Using more than 30 characters all played by a single person, Wright pieces together the stories of Charlotte’s captivating and controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound story of courage and survival.
The Warner Theatre’s virtual programming is made possible with generous support from The Marine Family and the CT Office of the Arts.
T. SEAN MAHER (Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, et al.) Over the past 30+ years, Sean’s work as actor, director, choreographer and producer has been seen throughout the US -- From Connecticut to HersheyPark and American Family Theatre tours through Florida and the Southwest. Connecticut audiences may remember Sean from his work with The Downtown Cabaret Theater, Music Theatre of CT and Performance Studio. Most recently Sean has appeared as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda with Fairfield Center Stage, Fr. Flynn in Doubt with the Westport Community Theater, also Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby, Mr. Simmons in Memphis, Capt. Whitaker in A Few Good Men and Molokov in Chess, all at the Downtown Cabaret Theater. Favorite roles include Morrie in Tuesdays With Morrie, Gepetto in Pinocchio, & Chicklet in Psycho Beach Party. Sean is very excited to make his debut with the Warner Theatre and to be reunited with his friend Katherine Ray. They were board members and artists with TheatreMania productions, Inc. in New Haven, and West Haven where they produced quality entertainment for 11+ years. Sean is choreographer and set designer for West Haven High School Theatre workshop and also coaches young actors. Sean holds a BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University and by day, Sean can be found at Yale University or travelling the world as operations and production manager for the world renowned Yale Glee Club. This is for Tony….
KATHERINE RAY (Director) is an EMMY award winning production professional and artist equally at home in theater, film and broadcast genres. 15 Years as Coordinating Producer for Disney, MGM, Lionsgate, and their subsidiaries. She worked for 10 years for Bravos TV’s Inside the Actor’s Studio and many other broadcast series. Her experience in theater spans over two decades directing in musical theater, political theater, fringe and everything in between. Her passion for actor’s advocacy and creating safe, accepting creative spaces led her to train to become a certified Intimacy Director/Coordinator. She constantly challenges herself to create visually stimulating and physically emotional work seeking out master training in movement with creative greats like Frantic Assembly and Urban Bush Women. Katherine’s work comes in many shapes and sizes - from plays to new and revival musicals to political theater to opera to immersive events. Some of her favorite productions have been 1984, Fences, An Act of God, Assassins, Spring Awakening, The 39 Steps, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Disaster! The Musical. She is in development with Harriet The Musical. She was Co-Producing Artistic Director at Planet Connections Theater Festival, is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and a member of the SDC.