If you see one play this season, this is the one!
Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, navigated a path between the Nazi’s and East German Secret Police — in a pair of high heels. Wright uses more than 30 characters—all played by a single actor—to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. A profound story of survival. Starring John Tufts.
John is thrilled to be in Santa Barbara for his ETC debut. Theater: In 12 seasons with the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Hal/Henry V in Henry IV pts. 1, 2, and Henry V, The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, The Cherry Orchard Into the Woods, Equivocation (also Arena Stage, Seattle Rep), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Belle’s Stratagem, and many more; The Guthrie Theater: The Cocoanuts. Marin Theatre Company: Seagull; PlayMakers Repertory Company: The Glass Menagerie; Off-Broadway: Ensemble Studio Theater: Virtual Meditation. Mint Theatre: Fashions for Men. Film/Television: “Bad Teacher,” “Fashions for Men” (PBS), Dangers of a Broken Car, BAQ-132. Awards: Arthur Kennedy Award for Acting. Training: B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
"I Am My Own Wife, Doug Wright’s fascinating deconstruction of the tangled lives that converge around the historical figure of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, at once subverts and exceeds the expectations established by the traditional one-person show."- Santa Barbara Independent
2015-16 Season sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation
With support from Elaine & Mike Gray and Elaine & Herbert Kendall.