CHALLENGING ROLE FOR OUR TIMES
BRENDAN Hanson is a Perth performer who does not like to rest on his laurels and looks for ways to challenge himself wherever he can.
So when the WAAPA lecturer was approached by Kate Cherry while she was programming her last season as artistic director at Black Swan State Theatre Company to star in I Am My Own Wife, he jumped at the chance for the solo “extreme acting” role.
“It doesn’t get much more than 36 characters with 36 accents and 80 pages of script,” Hanson said.
Hanson said the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Doug Wright had been on his radar long before the opportunity arose and described it as a beautiful, insightful, funny and moving piece.
“It’s a biographical piece about Germany’s most famous transvestite,” he said.
“The central character, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, survived the Nazis and the rise and fall of the Iron Curtain; the play investigates how she does that.
The timing of the season could not be more relevant.
“In this current political time with marriage equality and the neo-Nazi riots in Charlottesville, it’s just mad... this story investigates all of that but in a clever and engaging way so that audiences aren’t told what to think; they’re going to have to make up their own mind.”
Brendan Hanson in I Am My Own Wife.