I’ll keep this brief… but, I figured, it was solid, queer-riffic enough news to break to the Seattle Gay Scene reading community: but you know Nick Garrison, correct? A mega-superstar of stages all across the Pacific North West, having proven countless times he is a versatile force to be reckoned with; notably introducing Seattle audiences to the hit glam-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch back in 2000, and being a total doll in 2004 by starring in its revival, and recently appearing in Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s production of The Laramie Project. Just examples. My introduction to his talents was sort of a slam-dunk experience, as it was also the first (remembered) time seeing the brilliant Julie Briskman on stage, in the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of The Beard of Avon, in which my memory correctly serves me a flash of Mr. Garrison draped only in a blanket, sitting off to the side of the stage, spewing his lines with such enigmatic command, one could only further describe the action as art.
Now is your chance. The theatre Gods (or, the fine folks at the Seattle Repertory Theatre) have decided to push The Glass Menagerie off to their 2012/2013 season, and replace it with the master of all pairings: Nick Garrison (genius) in I Am My Own Wife (genius x 2), which will play at the Leo K. Theatre (genius x 3). Did I mention the play will be directed by the Rep’s artistic director Jerry Manning? Genius x 4. That’s FOUR genius x’s, y’all. Count it on your hand. I’m ecstatic.
For those who read all this and are thinking “what the hell is I Am My Own Wife, and is that related to I Am My Own Granpa?” let’s just break it down simply and let your imagination run wild until you go see this play, or just Wikipedia it:
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, was the founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. She lived her life openly as a transsexual, surviving both the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin. She killed her father.
In the 1990’s, her Stasi file was revealed to the public as indicating her responsible for outing a comrade in her black market livelihood. All of which is depicted clearly in Mr. Wright’s well written, thoroughly analyzed and researched play. Want to see it now? You should.
This is good news, my friends. Let us rejoice. And, look forward to next year. I Am My Own Wife will run from February 3rd, 2012 to March 4th, 2012 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K. Theatre
(Editor’s Note: Nick Garrison fans can also rejoice that he is moving to the director’s chair for Strawshop’s summer production of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine which runs July 7-Aug 6 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill and featuring an all star Seattle cast. It’s a must see for fans of Nick, the play, the playwright, the theater and the cast. Tickets on sale NOW!)