The Off Broadway return of a comedy that centers around an exclusive boarding school in Ghana, where queen bee Paulina's reign is threatened by a new student.
The Off-Broadway production of School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play closed December 9, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please clickhere.
From the producers: Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter - and Paulina's hive-minded friends. Directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman, Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?
Jocelyn Bioh, known for her performances in shows like "In the Blood," "Everybody," and "Octoroon" makes her anticipated professional playwriting debut with this production. Bioh’s 2015 play "Nollywood Dreams" was on the 2015 Kilroys List and her 2011 work "African Americans" was a finalist for the 2011 Ruby Prize. "School Girls" received a critically acclaimed world premiere from MCC in 2017, marking Bioh's professional playwriting debut.
Directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman ("Indecent," "Time and the Conways"), the cast includes MaameYaa Boafo, Latoya Edwards, Paige Gilbert, Joanna A. Jones, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and Zenzi Williams.
What's MCC Theater? MCC Theater is a well-connected Off-Broadway company...this perhaps due to the 'day jobs' of the intendants, who are major casting directors and producers on larger stages in the city. MCC's productions are almost always marked by a very high standard of casting and technical production. The company's production of "reasons to be pretty" moved to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2008. More here.