The New York premiere of Philip Dawkins’ Charm, inspired by the real-life story of Miss Gloria Allen, a black transgender woman who changed the lives of students at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, Center on Halsted, has been extended through October 15.
The production from MCC Theater began performances August 31 and officially opened September 18. Read reviews here.
Sandra Caldwell stars as Mama Darleena Andrews, the character based on Miss Gloria Allen.
Post-show talkbacks have also been announced to take place September 29, October 5, and October 11.
“We’re proud of the incredible company of actors and collaborators who brought Charm to glorious life and we’re heartened by the response to Philip Dawkins’ beautiful play under Will Davis’ magical direction. We’ve been smiling since we started. Following this week’s announcement of MCC’s season-long partnership with New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, to bring theater to young people and bring many of the city’s LGBTQIA youth to see Charm, we’re so happy to extend the run to give more theatergoers an opportunity to experience the sheer joy that our fearless cast creates at each performance,” said Bernie Telsey, MCC Theater’s Co-Artistic Director in a statement.
Rounding out the cast are Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Emmy nominee Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson, and Lauren F. Walker.
Charm tells the story of Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman who leads an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, and asks what happens when the idealistic teachings of etiquette guru Emily Post clash with the very real challenges of identity, poverty, and prejudice.
The production features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Oana Botez, lighting design by two-time Tony nominee Ben Stanton, and sound design by Palmer Hefferan. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, William Cantler, Karyn Casl.
Flip through photos of the cast and creative team meeting the press:
Meet the Cast of Charm, Inspired by Trans Icon Miss Gloria Allen, at MCC Theater
For tickets and more information on Charm, visit MCCTheater.org.
(Updated September 22, 2017)