By Philip Dawkins
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Playing January 5-29, 2017
A Trans Icon:


By Philip Dawkins | Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Associate directed by KenYatta Rogers
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
January 5-29, 2017

Meet Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67 year-old transgender woman and the inimitable etiquette instructor at “The Center,” an organization for Chicago’s homeless and LGTBQ youth. Her students are as diverse in background as they are in identity, united by a feeling of other-ness in the heart of a city that’s left them behind. But for “Mama Darlin,” triumph over poverty and prejudice begins with lacing up and fitting in—playing the part with class and with charm.


B'Ellana Duquesne (The T Party) stars as 'Mama,' inspired by the heartwarming true story of Chicago trans icon Miss Gloria Allen, under direction of visionary artist Natsu Onoda Power (The T Party). 

Charm runs two hours and twenty minutes, with one fifteen minute intermission.


"Charmed by Charm"

Read the Press


-D. Kevin McNeir, The Washington Informer 


-Andrew White, MD Theatre Guide


Nyla Rose and Justin Weaks are


-Peter Marks, Washington Post



-Debbie Minter, DC Theatre Scene

B'Ellana Duquesne delivers


-Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theater Arts



-Robert Michael Oliver, DC Metro Theater Arts

Calendar & Tickets

Box Office

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office

202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.

Opening Night: Sunday, January 8 at 7:30 PM


Thur Jan 5 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Fri Jan 6 at 8PM Post show discussion with artistic staff
Sat Jan 7 at 8PM
Sun Jan 8 at 3PM

Sun Jan 8 at 7:30PM | Opening Night, SOLD OUT
Thur Jan 12 at 11AM | Cast talkback
Fri Jan 13 at 8PMHappy Hour at 7pm
Sat Jan 14 at 3PM | Captioned performance with ASL interpreted post show discussion
Sat Jan 14 at 8PM | Captioned performance, a Tribute to Casa Ruby, with ASL interpreted post show discussion. Proceeds from tickets purchased via this link support Casa Ruby.


Sun Jan 15 at 3PM | Captioned performance, with ASL interpreted post show discussion
Sun Jan 15 at 7:30PM | Captioned performance
Wed Jan 18 at 8PM | Captioned performance
Thur Jan 19 at 8PM | Cast talkback

Fri Jan 20 at 8PM 
Sat Jan 21 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat Jan 21 at 8PM
Sun Jan 22 at 3PM
 | Cast talkback
Wed Jan 25 at 8PM Post show discussion
Thur Jan 26 at 8PM Post show discussion
Fri Jan 27 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm and Post show discussion
Sat Jan 28 at 3PM | Peace Café
Sat Jan 28 at 8PM
Sun Jan 29 at 3PM



Local Voices Bookstore

Celebrating & Centering the work of
Trans Gender Nonconforming Artists of Color 
Reva & David Logan Foundation
Community Engagement Series:
Compelling Dilemmas: Transforming Identity
All discussions are free and open to the public,
and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
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