Tony Award Continues Yaddo Playwright's Winning Streak
Saratoga Springs, NY (June 7, 2004) - Yaddo playwright Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "I Am My Own Wife" garnered the top dramatic prize at the 58th annual Tony Awards Sunday night in New York City.
"I Am My Own Wife," based on the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the German transvestite and museum curator who survived first the Nazis and then the Stasi secret police of East Berlin, was named best play during a televised ceremony capping the Broadway season. The play's sole actor, Jefferson Mays, who portrays 40 characters in "I Am My Own Wife," won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play. Mr. Wright, twice a guest artist at Yaddo, traveled to Germany several times to interview Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who was born Lothar Berfelde but lived as a woman for most of his life.
In accepting the award Sunday, Mr. Wright praised his fellow writer nominees "for writing so articulately in such ferociously inarticulate times" and thanked the late Charlotte von Mahlsdorf "for entrusting me with your life."
In May, Mr. Wright received the Pulitzer Prize in drama for "I Am My Own Wife." (Read Pulitzer story). Previously, he won an Obie Award for his play "Quills" and a Golden Globe nomination for its subsequent screenplay adaptation.