Problem: When the design came in for I Am My Own Wife at the Dallas Theatre Center, properties master Rich Gilles was worried. Acquiring pieces would put him way over budget, and he couldn't borrow what he might destroy. Putting pieces together would be tricky, at best. And, oh yeah, the build could kill somebody. The 35-character play for one actor and lots of antiques tells the story of transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who survived Hitler's Third Reich and the East German secret ...

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