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I Am My Own Wife Staged Reading

April 20, 2016


I am My Own Wife

Pulitzer Prize winning drama performed at the DANK Haus



On April 26, 2016 the Chicago Inclusion Project, together with About Face Theatre presents a staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “I Am My Own Wife” at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Lincoln Square.


Originally conceived as a one-man play, "I am My Own Wife" explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer from Germany who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century - the Nazis and the Communists. While openly gay and defiantly in drag, von Mahlsdorf managed to hide from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Living in East Berlin throughout her life, she was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Communist secret police. In an attempt to discern the truth about Charlotte, author Doug Wright has written "at once a vivid portrait of Germany in the second half of the twentieth century, a morally complex tale about what it can take to be a survivor, and an intriguing meditation on everything from the obsession with collecting to the passage of time" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times).


Based on his conversations with von Mahlsdorf, Wright developed his play with Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project. It premiered in 2003 and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The reading is free and open to the general public. There will be a post-read discussion, moderated by a member of The Chicago Inclusion Project. 


Cast of I am My Own Wife reading: Mari Marroquin, Delia Kropp, Linsey Falls, John Taflan



Date:       Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:00 pm (6:30 reception)

Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

              4740 North Western Avenue

              Chicago, IL 60625

              6th Floor Skyline Lounge


The reading is free and open to the general public. There will be a post-read discussion, moderated by a member of The Chicago Inclusion Project.


Reserve tickets here: or by phone at (773) 561-9181.



About Face Theatre


About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.


Our vision is to be Chicago’s celebrated center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) arts and amplify the nation’s leading voices to spark social change. Enabled by broad community support, the organization thrives as an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.



The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center


The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is Chicagoland’s premier German American Cultural Center. It is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting German and German American culture, heritage, and language through educational and social programming. It is located in Chicago's traditionally German neighborhood, Lincoln Square. Core programming includes German Language School for children and adults, rotating Fine Arts and Museum exhibits, monthly Open Haus, Kulturkueche Cooking classes, German Cinema Now, Kino Kaffee und Kuchen, World Cup viewing, Oktoberfest, and many more. The DANK Haus is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance – a consortium of ethnic museums, cultural centers, and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change through cultural diversity.


DANK Haus is located ½ block from the Western Brown Line stop. Metered parking is available in 3-hour increments on Western Ave. After business hours, guests are welcome to park in the MB Financial parking lot at Western & Gunnison. Bicycles can be secured in front of the building.


CTA: Brown Line Western Stop, Bus #49 Western, Bus #X49 Western Express, Bus #81 Lawrence

Metra: Union Pacific North Line - Ravenswood



DANK Haus is a participating member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance




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