COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
WORLD PREMIERE OF
“SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY”
BY JOCELYN BIOH
DIRECTED BY REBECCA TAICHMAN
CREATIVE TEAM ALSO ANNOUNCED
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
PREVIEWS BEGIN NOVEMBER 1, 2017
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR NOVEMBER 16, 2017
New York, NY (September 12, 2017) – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced the complete cast and creative team for the second show of its 2017-18 season: the World Premiere of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony® Winner Rebecca Taichman.
The cast will feature Nabiyah Be (Black Panther, Hadestown), MaameYaa Boafo (Untamed), Paige Gilbert (Street Children), Obie Award winner Zainab Jah (Eclipsed), Nike Kadri (The Death of the Last Black Man…), Abena Mensah-Bonsu (Ragtime on Ellis Island), Mirirai Sithole (The Death of the Last Black Man…), and Lortel Award nominee Myra Lucretia Taylor (Familiar).
As previously announced, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, with an official opening night set for Thursday, November 16, 2017.
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 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. How far would you go to be queen bee?
Also announced today: the creative team for School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play includes scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede M. Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht, and casting by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, CSA, William Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA. Production Stage Manager Laura Wilson and Stage Manager Ayisha Hunt.
Tickets are now available to the general public today, Tuesday, September 12th. For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org.
Jocelyn Bioh (Playwright) is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. NYC acting credits include: In the Blood, Everybody (Signature, Lortel Nomination); Men on