I Am My Own Wife Short Essay - Answer Key

Doug Wright
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does the author, Doug Wright, explore in the first five sections of I AM MY OWN WIFE?

In the first five sections of his one-man show detailing the life of celebrated and reviled transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Doug Wright explores all that went into his discovery of his play's subject.

2. How does the play begin?

As the play opens, the audience is introduced to Charlotte. She enters, leaves, and returns carrying a large antique Edison phonograph that she sets on a small table.

3. How is Charlotte described?

Charlotte is a man of about sixty-five and wears a black house dress, a scarf over her hair and a strand of pearls.

4. Why does Charlotte bring a phonograph onto the stage?

This has all been in preparation for the first scene, appropriately entitled "A Lecture on the Phonograph." The audience first hears Charlotte speak in her broken English, with a German accent.

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