See Sara Bareilles, Telly Leung, and More Celebrate the Opening of Charm Off-Broadway

Photos   See Sara Bareilles, Telly Leung, and More Celebrate the Opening of Charm Off-Broadway
 
Philip Dawkins’ play, inspired by the real-life story of black transgender activist Miss Gloria Allen, opened September 18 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
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Philip Dawkins, Miss Gloria Allen, and Will Davis Marc J. Franklin

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:

For tickets and more information on Charm, visit MCCTheater.org.

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