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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Candis C. Jones

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Robert S. Marx

About the Show

Beauty, ambition and biting comedy combine in this off-Broadway hit! Paulina is the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school. She’s got the trendiest clothes and the command of her loyal hive of friends. At the start of the 1986 school year, she sets her sights on the annual Miss Universe pageant. But when new girl Ericka transfers from America in the middle of the year, Paulina’s carefully controlled world is thrown into chaos. The beautiful and charming Ericka catches the attention of the pageant recruiter and topples the school’s social order in the process. Called “ferociously entertaining” by The Hollywood Reporter, School Girls fearlessly explores the challenges of teenage girlhood and all the drama that comes with it.

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Recommended for ages 13 and up. The competition for Miss Ghana is fierce, and while they’re in pursuit of the crown, contestants use adult language and have frank discussions of body shaming, classism, colorism and self-image.



Beauty. Ambition. Biting Comedy.

Jocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed comedy School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is a coming-of-age story spotlighting sisterhood with thought-provoking bite.

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Who Will Take The Crown?

Jocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed coming-of-age comedy School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play takes a deep dive into Black culture. Director Candis C. Jones discusses the play and her artistic vision.

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Patrice Bell

Eloise Amponsah

Kaitlyn Boyer

Ericka Boafo

Burgess Byrd

Headmistress Francis

Kayla Forde


Jasmine Cheri Rush


Matenin Sangare


Markia Nicole Smith

Paulina Sarpong



Candis C. Jones


Milagros Ponce De León

Set Designer

Kristie Chiyere Osi

Costume Designer

Daisy Long

Lighting Designer

Rucyl Frison

Sound Designer/Composer

Stephanie Klapper, CSA

Casting Director

Andrea L. Shell

Stage Manager

Brooke Redler

Second Stage Manager

Brandon T. Homes

Assistant Stage Manager


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.
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