Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Zainab Jah, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Lia Chang

Catch the Fierce and Fabulous Cast of Jocelyn Bioh’s “Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” through December 31

The Lucille Lortel Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang
The Lucille Lortel Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang

Congrats to the cast and creative team on the second extension of MCC Theater’s critically-acclaimed 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, at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher. Click here for tickets.

Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Zainab Jah, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Lia Chang
Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Zainab Jah, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Lia Chang

The fierce, fabulous and funny cast features 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).

MaameYaa Boafo, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Zainab Jah. Photo by Lia Chang
MaameYaa Boafo, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Zainab Jah. Photo by Lia Chang
MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang
MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang

In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina (MaameYaa Boafo) , 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 (Nabiyah Be), 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?

Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Zainab Jah, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Laura Wilson, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Lia Chang
Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Zainab Jah, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Laura Wilson, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Zainab Jah, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Laura Wilson, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Zainab Jah, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Laura Wilson, Paige Gilbert, Nike Kadri. Photo by Garth Kravits
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Zainab Jah and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Zainab Jah and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Garth Kravits and MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang

MCC’s SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY by Jocelyn Bioh, Extends through December 31st at The Lucille Lortel Theatre 

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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