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

Happy Trails to the Fierce and Fabulous Cast of Jocelyn Bioh’s “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play”

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, ends its extended today at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher. Click here for tickets.

Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Paige Gilbert. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Paige Gilbert. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The 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 and Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
MaameYaa Boafo and Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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?

Myra Lucretia Taylor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Myra Lucretia Taylor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Nike Kadri, Nabiyah Be, Paige Gilbert, Mirirai Sithole. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Nike Kadri, Nabiyah Be, Paige Gilbert, Mirirai Sithole. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
MaameYaa Boafo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
MaameYaa Boafo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Nabiyah Be and Myra Lucretia Taylor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Nabiyah Be and Myra Lucretia Taylor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
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. 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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