By Philip Dawkins

Originally produced at Northlight Theatre, Skokie, IL

October 14 - November 8, 2015

About the Premiere Production:


(Photo by Michael Brosilow.)

World Premiere presented at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre


Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Despite her students' daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude ultimately help her pupils find a new way to respect each other and to redefine what "having charm" means.

Developed through Northlight's Interplay Series, Charm is inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Center on Halsted. This new play carries a message of dignity and inclusion to all those it touches.

Cast: Armand Fields, Elizabeth Ledo, Monica Orozco, Julian Parker, Awate Serequeberhan, Matthew Sherbach, Namir Smallwood, Brittneylove Smith, and Dexter Zollicoffer.


Director: BJ Jones

Production Dramaturg: Polly Hubbard

Production Stage Manager: Jonathan Nook

Scenic Design: Alan E. Schwanke

Costume Design: Izumi Inaba

Lighting Design: JR Lederle

Original Music & Sound Design: Lindsay Jones