After actor Tom Wahl first read the script for “I Am My Own Wife,” he had to lie down.
“It was a little overwhelming,” Wahl says. “But from the first page, I was just blown away by the story.”
Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists -- as a woman.
“I Am My Own Wife” covers the passage of 60 years and features more than 30 characters – all played by Wahl.
To prepare for the demanding tour-de-force, Wahl did some homework.
“I went onto the Internet and read everything I possibly could about Charlotte and about the time that the play takes place.”
The production is part of Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project – a Miami-Dade County arts partnership focused on human rights and Holocaust education.