I Am My Own WifeAs a companion piece to this month’s mainstage production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, the Roxy Regional Theatre is offering a different sort of Holocaust survival story, though one no less poignant.

The fascinating true tale of Berlin’s most famous transvestite, who survived two of the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century, in a dress, comes to the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace in I AM MY OWN WIFE for four evenings only, February 20 – February 28.

Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. During her struggle to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime, Charlotte escaped reality by indulging her passion for antique furnishings, managing to collect countless artifacts to place in her private museum.

I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play inspired by these hours of interviews, is a profound story of survival, strikingly political and beautifully humane. Directed by Ryan Bowie, the Roxy Regional Theatre’s production of this remarkable one-man tour de force showcases the talents of Oliver Pierce. Following his spot-on performance as a young Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet last fall, Pierce returns to portray Charlotte and more than thirty other characters who pass through her controversial life.

I AM MY OWN WIFE is presented in theotherspace, the 50-seat black-box theatre located upstairs at the Roxy, and plays at 7:00pm on February 20, 21, 27 and 28. Due to language and content, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).

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The Diary of Anne FrankFor over half a century, her memoir has captured the hearts of millions around the world. Now the Roxy Regional Theatre is bringing to life the inspirational true story of a young girl swept up in the turmoil of the Holocaust in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, opening Friday, February 17, at 8:00pm.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14, 1942, two days after her thirteenth birthday and twenty-two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister and four others. Adapted from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and told through the eyes and words of a teenage girl, the stirring and thought-provoking story of two Jewish families’ struggle to survive amid the chaos of war and religious persecution has become an essential tool for understanding one of the darkest periods in human history.

Written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and directed by Ryan Bowie, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK stars the prodigiously gifted young actress Virginia Richardson in the title role. Virginia made her Roxy Regional Theatre debut in 2015 as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins and later starred as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. She has numerous theatre credits in Nashville and surrounding areas, including Young Violet in Violet (Street Theatre Company), Young Cosette in Les Miserables (Lipscomb University), Marta in The Sound of Music (StudioTenn) and Baby June in Gypsy (Keeton Theater).

Walking in the shoes of Anne’s father for the fifth time, Roxy veteran Jay Doolittle returns as Otto Frank, this time around with newcomer Beth Kirby as his wife, Edith, and local youth Jesse Boyle as Anne’s sister, Margot. Benny Jones and Jackie Ostick play Mr. & Mrs. Van Daan, with Jacob Johnson taking on the role of their son, Peter. The cast also features Howard Snyder as Mr. Dussel, Emily Rourke as Miep Gies, and Bill Colclough as Mr. Kraler.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is made possible in part through the generous support of Altra Federal Credit Union. Additional funding support has been provided by Melinda Kelly-Major.

Performances run February 17 through March 4 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, February 25.

Friday, February 17, is the traditional pay-what-you-can preview of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation.

Tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (ages 13 and under) and may be reserved online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain). Military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Wednesday and Thursday performances during the run.

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Harry Connick, Jr.’s THE HAPPY ELF Brings Christmas Cheer to the Roxy

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After the turkey is put away on Thanksgiving evening, bring your out-of-town guests downtown for family entertainment sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr.’s THE HAPPY ELF opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Thursday, November 24, […]

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