School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play will return to Lucille Lortel Theatre

MCC Theater's return engagement is set to play the Lucille Lortel Theatre from October 16 through to November 25, 2018.

MaameYaa Boafo & Zainab Jah in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

MCC Theater has announced a special return engagement for Jocelyn Bioh's hit comedy School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman, which will return to the Lucille Lortel Theatre this fall. The limited run is scheduled from October 16 through to November 25, 2018, with an official opening set for October 22.

Casting for the return engagement will be announced at a later date.

Synopsis: "Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe."

The creative team behind School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play includes scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, and dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht.

The creative team features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede M. Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, hair & wig design by Cookie Jordan, and dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht.

Prior to its off-Broadway return, the production will also play a limited Los Angeles engagement at the Kirk Douglas Theatre from September 2 to 30, 2018.

The original world premiere of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play played a twice-extended run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from November 2 through to December 31, 2017, and starred (in alphabetical order) Nabiyah Be (as Ericka Boafo), MaameYaa Boafo (as Paulina Sarpong), Paige Gilbert (as Gifty), Obie Award winner Zainab Jah(as Eloise Amponsah), Nike Kadri (as Ama), Abena Mensah-Bonsu (as Nana), Mirirai Sithole (as Mercy) and Lortel Award nominee Myra Lucretia Taylor (as Headmistress Francis).

(Photo by Joan Marcus)