Sandra Caldwell will play the lead role of 67-year-old black transgender teacher Mama Darleena Andrews in Charm, the first show of MCC Theater's 2017-2018 season.
Sandra Caldwell will play the lead role of 67-year-old black transgender teacher Mama Darleena Andrews in Charm, the opening production of MCC Theater's 2017-18 season.
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MCC Theater unveiled the cast and creative team for Charm, the first show of its 2017-2018 season. It will run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Sandra Caldwell will play the lead role of Mama Darleena Andrews in Philip Dawkins's drama. Joining her are Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson, and Lauren F. Walker.

Under the direction of Will Davis, the creative team will include Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Oana Botez (costume design), Tony nominee Ben Stanton (lighting design), and Palmer Hefferan (sound design).

Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen, Charm is described as follows: "When Mama Darleena Andrews — a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman — takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago's LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty, and prejudice faced by her students."

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