The Play's the Thing ... and Other Things

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Welcome to Delaware Today’s arts blog, the spot to dish on the many cultural opportunities available to Delaware audiences. We’ll cover as many genres as possible, and note cool events offered by organizations large and small, in all three counties.

Get ready.  Lots of musical and theatrical performances in the weeks ahead. And October is National Arts and Humanities Month. Stay tuned.

His and Hers

The play “I Am My Own Wife,” will play thru October 4 at UD’s Roselle Center for the Arts’ Studio Theatre. UD's Resident Ensemble Players take on this  brilliant piece of literature that's based on playwright Doug Wright's conversations with German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.  Intensely gifted REP actor Michael Gotch portrays Mahlsdorf  in this one-man show. And this one man portays 35 characters. His is an astoundingly solid performance, one that manages to keep audiences transfixed for two solid hours.

“I Am My Own Wife” tells the story of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, actually born Lothar Berfelde. We meet the character's  abusive father, and we understand why his son killed him.  Berfelde was left with the choice to either kill his father, or, along with his mother,  be killed by him. Berfelde survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin as a transvestite. During his travels, he meets a prison guard, a nurse, a Stasi agent, a politician, a Neo-Nazi, and several others. We also meet Wright, who writes himself into the play, revealing his inner conflict. He needs to believe that von Mahlsdorf lived the life she claims to have lived. But data show otherwise.

Do not miss Gotch’ s performance. Every character is fully developed, regardless of gender, age or background. It’s a joy to watch great artistry at work, and satisfying to know that we'll probably see Gotch on a Broadway stage in the near future.  Trust us on this one.   

Contact info: rep.udel.edu or 831-2204

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