The original cast of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play have signed on to reprise their performances in the production’s anticipated Off-Broadway return, which begins October 16 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Myra Lucretia Taylor, who created roles in the MCC Theatre world premiere, will be reunited under the direction of Tony winner Rebecca Taichman. They will be joined by Latoya Edwards and Joanna A. Jones, who are new to the production.
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play is set to officially open at MCC October 22 and will run through November 25. (Prior to the return, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles will present the MCC production at the CTG Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City September 2–30.)
School Girls received a critically acclaimed world premiere from MCC last fall, marking actor and playwright Bioh's professional playwriting debut. The play tells a coming-of-age story set in an all-girls boarding school in Ghana in the ‘80s, and explores themes of beauty, colorism, and female adolescence.
The production will have scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, and casting by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, CSA, William Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA.