Steppenwolf Has Its MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT Cast and Designers

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the full cast and design team for the world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau and Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Conceived by Landau, who also directs this true and little-known Chicago story, the production will feature Tarell Alvin McCraney as Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. Joining McCraney in the cast are Patrick Andrews, Molly Brennan, Daniel Kyri, Jon Hudson Odom and Sawyer Smith.

Pictured: The cast of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT

The MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT production team includes David Zinn (Scenic Design), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Design), Lindsey Jones (Sound Design), Rasean Davonte Johnson (Projection Design) and Gigi Buffington (Company Voice and Text Coach). Additional credits include Chris Freeburg (Stage Manager), Kat Barrett (Assistant Stage Manager), JC Clementz (Casting Director) and Hallie Gordon (Artistic Producer).

“Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America’s first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan’s story begins in Chicago; it’s 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table.”

MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT runs May 23 through July 14. For more information visit

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