The New York premiere of Philip Dawkins’ Charm, directed by Will Davis, officially opened September 18 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway. The play is 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.
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.
Flip through photos of the opening night below:
See Sara Bareilles, Telly Leung, and More Celebrate the Opening of Charm with MCC Theater
For tickets and more information on Charm, visit MCCTheater.org.