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I Am My Own Wife and Wicked in LA, June and July

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Both I Am My Own Wife and Wicked will have limited-engagement productions in LA in June and July.

I Am My Own Wife stars Jefferson Mays (Quills, Lydie Breeze). The play will be presented by Geffen Playhouse Producing Director Gilbert Cates from June 14th to July 10th at the Wadsworth Theatre.  Directed by Moises Kaufman (Gross Indecency, The Laramie Project) and written by Doug Wright (Quills), I Am My Own Wife was the recipient of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play, Tony Award for Best Actor (Mays), and 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

"Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive the Nazi onslaught as well as the following, repressive Communist regime.  This one-man play stars Mays in over 40 roles, including the controversial figure herself and the American writer who becomes intrigued by her," states a press release.

I Am My Own Wife features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Janice Pytel, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman.  The show premiered on Broadway on December 3, 2003 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 361 performances.

Wicked's national tour will stop at the Pantages Theatre from June 17th to July 31st; Stephanie J. Block (The Boy from Oz) and Kendra Kassebaum (Assassins, Rent) star as Elphaba and Glinda with Carol Kane (Sly Fox) as Madame Morrible and David Garrison (Titanic, Bells Are Ringing) as The Wizard. 

Wicked, which boasts a score by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) and a book by Winnie Holzman ("My So-Called Life"), will be produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone, and is directed by Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Assassins) with choreography by Wayne Cilento (Sweet Charity, Aida).  The show is the winner of 15 major awards including the Grammy and 3 Tony Awards, and is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It opened at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30th, 2003 with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as stars, and is currently the Broadway musical which pulls in the most weekly grosses.

Wicked features set design by Tony Award-winning Eugene Lee (Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony-winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King, Man of La Mancha).  Stephen Oremus is the show's musical director.  Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

The Wadsworth Theatre is located at 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, building 226, on the grounds of the Veterans Administration in Brentwood. 

I Am My Own Wife
's performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays—Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Single ticket prices for the show range from $34-$85 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 213-365-3500, online at www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may also be purchased at the Wadsworth Theatre box office between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Sunday. All tickets are subject to a $2 facility fee. Special VIP packages, which feature two prime seats and dinner for two at Napa Valley Grille or Palomino, can be purchased for $276 by contacting the Geffen Playhouse box office at 310-208-6500, extension 144.

The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., June 17 to July 31, 2005. 

From June 17 to July 17, Wicked performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 1 PM and 6:30 PM.  From July 19 to July 31, performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 8 PM; Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 1 PM. Opening Night, Wednesday, June 22 is at 6:45 PM.  Tickets can be purchased at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, at Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse Music, and Ritmo Latino, on Ticketmaster phone charge at 213/365-3500 and 714/740-7878 and on line at www.broadwayla.org.



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