School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

MCC Theater presents 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.

The production previously staged an acclaimed run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from November 2 through to December 31, 2017.

(Photos by Craig Schwartz)

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Running time: 
1hr 10mins (no intermission)
Categories: 
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About School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play:

In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, 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. This 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?

By:
Jocelyn Bioh
Producer:
MCC Theater
Director:
Rebecca Taichman
Lighting:
Jen Schriever
Sound:
Palmer Hefferan
Design:
Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume:
Dede M. Ayite
Cast list:
MaameYaa Boafo (as Paulina Sarpong), Latoya Edwards (as Ama), Paige Gilbert (as Gifty), Zainab Jah (as Eloise Amponsah), Joanna A. Jones (as Ericka Boafo), Abena Mensah-Bonsu (as Nana), Mirirai Sithole (as Mercy), and Myra Lucretia Taylor (as Headmistress Francis)
Other info:
Hair & Wig Design by Cookie Jordan and Dialect Coaching by Deborah Hecht
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 16, 2018
Opening date: 
October 22, 2018
Closes: 
December 9, 2018
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7pm
Wednesday-7pm
Thursday-8pm
Friday-8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday3pm-

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Lucille Lortel Theatre

Address:
121 Christopher Street (between Hudson and Bleecker Street), New York, NY 10014
Nearest subway station:
Christopher Street Station

Latest School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play News & Features

Photo credit: Lovie Simone and Gabourey Sidibe (Photos courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations)
Casting change for 'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play'
December 7, 2020

Ahead of the streaming premiere of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, a cast change has been announced. Gabourey Sidibe will replace Amber Riley, with Lovie Simone replacing Wunmi Mosaku, with the production available to watch from December 13. The full company of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play includes the Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo. Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ashleigh Murray, Storm Reid and Lyric Ross complete the cast.

Photo credit: Cynthia Erivo and Amber Riley (Photos courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations)
MCC Theater announces benefit performance of ‘School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play’
November 23, 2020

MCC Theater has announced that they will stage a benefit performance of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. The critically-acclaimed play will be revived by a star-led cast, and will be available to stream on MCC Theater’s YouTube channel from December 13.

Our School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Review

The first thing to know about School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is that it is a lot of fun—punctuated by moments of stunning cruelty and painful revelation. As the title owns, Jocelyn Bioh's debut play borrows from the established playbook of high-school–genre films—The Breakfast Club through The Heathers, Legally Blonde to the actual Mean Girls.