How far would you go to be true to your soul?—an interesting question that may be answered August 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, when Rising Tide Productions presents “I Am My Own Wife” by Doug Wright at the recently refurbished North Coast Recreation District (NCRD) Performing Arts Center in Nehalem on the Oregon Coast.
Wright’s important work features more than 30 characters played by one actor. It is based on Wright’s interviews with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a famous antiquarian born in 1930’s Berlin as Lothar Berfelde. Charlotte discovers her female identity early in her youth. The play reveals the travails of her life.
It shows how she survived the two most repressive regimes in history, the Nazis and the Communists. It makes us marvel at her ability to navigate prejudice and oppression without losing the essence of who she knows she is.
“I Am My Own Wife” won a Tony Award for Best Play in 2004; that same year it became the first ever one-person play to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
This production is being directed by the celebrated film, TV & Broadway character actor, George Dzundza. He says, “This play should make us recognize that we as humans do not have to allow our society to mold us into two-dimensional creatures & hammer us into a box. We all are multi-faceted & multi-dimensional and we all have the ability be honest and gentle with ourselves, to interact honestly and openly with each other, to not be too quick to judgement and to fight injustice in our society in ways big & small.”
Rising Tide Productions is a non-profit organization of people who love theater and who are dedicated to supporting & furthering the dramatic arts by developing the acting and stagecraft skills of its participants and to bringing entertaining, enlightening & thought-provoking plays to the public.
Friday & Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Bells Office Supplies in Tillamook (503) 842-5566, at Coast Real Estate Professionals in Manzanita (503) 842-0101, and at the door. The NCRD Performing Arts Center is located at 36155 9th Street in Nehalem, one block from Highway 101. For more information, call Mary Hanthorn at (503) 842-5566.