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The show must go on—online.

We’re so excited to see local theater companies figuring out creative ways to bring their art to the community. Some are doing drive-in productions in parking lots, while others have chosen to join in on the streaming adventure that so many entertainers have embraced the past few months.

Starting Thursday, WaterTower Theatre in Addison presents I Am My Own Wife, the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transgender woman who survived both the Nazis and live in East Germany. The 2004 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award winner for Best Play, the production features more than 30 characters—all portrayed by Bob Hess (pictured above).

With only one actor, it’s the ideal scenario for a filmed play that keeps the entire cast of one and limited crew socially distanced and safe while bringing the compelling piece of theater to us in our homes.

Purchase your ticket and you’ll receive a viewing code to view the play within 24 hours (so you’ll want to purchase in advance if you have a specific date and time you’d like to screen. The cool thing is that your code allows you to access the show any time you choose between July 16 and August 2.

Until it’s deemed completely safe to attend a performance in an actual theater, we think these virtual productions are a great way to support the local arts community. Besides, we won’t have to shush anyone for talking during the show.

Because the talker lives in our own house, we can smack him instead.

I Am My Own Wife
July 16 to August 2
Tickets: $38
Virtual Presenation
watertowertheatre.org

Main photo by Jason Anderson

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