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MCC Theater Extends Off-Broadway Run of Charm

Will Davis directs the new play by Philip Dawkins.

Sandra Caldwell and Hailie Sahar in a scene from Charm.
(© Joan Marcus)

MCC Theater has announced an extension of its current production of Philip Dawkins's Charm. Previously scheduled for a limited run through October 8, the New York City premiere will now play through October 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Sandra Caldwell takes on the lead role of Mama Darleena Andrews. Joining her are Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson, and Lauren F. Walker.

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."

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

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