Some Interesting Queer History
This clip is from the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s performance of I Am My Own Wife, a play which centers on Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. If anyone is interested in queer history and specifically trans history, her story is incredibly fascinating – Charlotte survived the Third Reich as an openly trans woman and an active member of the queer community of East Germany. There is still debate about whether she should be lauded as queer hero or not, as she may have also been a Stasi informant.
This play is fascinating in its approach to gender and gender performativity, not only as in its content but also in the way the information is presented. This is a one-man show, and the actor performs 30 characters of various genders (including Charlotte, the American playwright interviewing her, Charlott’s Nazi father, Charlotte’s colleague Alfred, and various other characters).