Why See Schoolgirls; or, The African Mean Girls Play?
A new play by Jocelyn Bioh
A world premiere play by Ghanaian-American writer and actress Jocelyn Bioh and helmed by "Indecent" director Rebecca Taichman, we explore the hilariously catty and cloistered life at a prestigious private boarding school in 1985 Ghana. When the beautiful but malicious queen bee Paulina harbors desires to enter (and win) the Miss Universe pageant, she finds competition from an unlikely newcomer to her outrage. A witty satire on issues facing young women across the world, this marks the MCC Theater season of plays exploring social issues outside the normal status quo.
About Jocelyn Bioh
First produced by The Lark Theater as part of The New Black Fest initiative in 2016 to celebrate artistic voices within the black community, Bioh's new work seeks to explore stories within the black experience that doesn't fall into the same stereotype of poverty, hardship or struggles. Of her decision to write the play, Bioh said,
"However, not everything is, you know, is war and struggle and strife. And so, I thought I would add to the conversation." Her previous works include African Americans, Four, Nollywood Dreams and an upcoming new musical called The Ladykiller's Love Story, for which she co-wrote with rap artist Cee Lo Green. She also appeared in the Broadway production of the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Opening night: 2 November 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
Cast and Creative
Myra Lucretia Taylor
Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume design by Dede Ayite
Lighting design by Jen Schriever
Sound design by Palmer Hefferan
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