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School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play to Be Filmed for Theater Close-Up

The return engagement of Jocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed play ends its run at MCC on December 9.

The cast of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, running through December 9 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play runs through December 9.
(© Craig Schwartz)

MCC Theater's production of Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, now in its final week of performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, will be filmed by WNET-TV and will air on the public television program Theater Close-Up in 2019. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

Support for the filming of School Girls is provided by the Tow Foundation and the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust. Major support for Theater Close-Up is provided by Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Luesther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Elaine & W. Weldon Wilson.

Directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, School Girls had its world premiere at MCC in November 2017 and returned this season for an encore production. The story is described as follows: "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?"

The ensemble features original cast members MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Myra Lucretia Taylor, along with three new cast members, Latoya Edwards, Joanna A. Jones, and Zenzi Williams.

School Girls plays its final performance at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on December 9.