School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Theatres
Name Address From To
Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
11/02/2017 12/31/2017
Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
10/16/2018 12/09/2018
Production Details
First performance date: November 2, 2017
Opening date: November 16, 2017
Closing date: December 9, 2018
Links: Official Website


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Production Description
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. Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
MCC Theater Producer
William Cantler Artistic Director
Robert LuPone Artistic Director
Bernard Telsey Artistic Director
  
Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
  
Rebecca Taichman Director
Michael Thurber Musical Director
Sivan Battat Assistant Director
  
Lisa Kopitsky Fight Director/Coordinator
  
Arnulfo Maldonado Set Designer
Dede M. Ayite1 Costume Designer
Jen Schriever Lighting Designer
Palmer Hefferan Sound Designer
Cookie Jordan Hair and Wig Designer
Noah Mease Props Designer
Anshuman Bhatia Associate Set Designer
Jenn Doun Assistant Set Designer
Sonia Alvarez Assistant Costume Designer
Brandon Bagwell Assistant Lighting Designer
Megan Seibel Assistant Lighting Designer
Valentine Monfuega Assistant Sound Designer
Z Worthington Assistant Sound Designer
  
Megan Ringeling Company Manager
  
Laura Wilson Production Stage Manager
Ayisha Hunt Stage Manager
  
Steve Rosenberg Production Manager
Scott Palmer Technical Director
  
Adam Caldwell Casting
William Cantler Casting
Karyn Casl Casting
Telsey + Company Casting
Deborah Hecht Dialect Coach

1Credited as Dede Ayite.

Cast
Actor Role
Nabiyah Be Ericka Boafo
MaameYaa Boafo Paulina Sarpong
Paige Gilbert Gifty
Zainab Jah Eloise Amponsah
Nike Kadri Ama
Abena Mensah-Bonsu Nana
Mirirai Sithole Mercy
Myra Lucretia Taylor Headmistress Francis
Replacement Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Rachel Gross Production Stage Manager
Veronica Lee Assistant Stage Manager

Cast
Actor Role
Latoya Edwards Ama
Joanna A. Jones Ericka Boafo
Zenzi Williams Eloise Amponsah
Emelia Asiedu Ama/Gifty/Mercy/Nana UNDERSTUDY
Latoya Edwards Paulina Sarpong UNDERSTUDY
Courtney Jamison Ericka Boafo UNDERSTUDY
Awards
Award Person / Company Function
1 WON 2018 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play MCC Theater Producer
      Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
2 NOMINATED 2018 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play MaameYaa Boafo Actor
3 WON 2018 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Mirirai Sithole Actor
4 WON 2018 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Costume Design Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
5 NOMINATED 2018 Artios Award, New York Theatre - Comedy or Musical Adam Caldwell Casting
      William Cantler Casting
      Karyn Casl Casting
6 NOMINATED 2018 AUDELCO Award, Featured Actress in a Play Zainab Jah Actor
7 NOMINATED 2018 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play MCC Theater Producer
      Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
8 NOMINATED 2018 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Costume Design for a Play Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
9 NOMINATED 2018 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Wig and Hair Cookie Jordan Hair and Wig Designer
101 WON 2018 Drama Desk Award, Special Award Zainab Jah Actor
      Myra Lucretia Taylor Actor
      Nabiyah Be Actor
      MaameYaa Boafo Actor
      Paige Gilbert Actor
      Nike Kadri Actor
      Abena Mensah-Bonsu Actor
      Mirirai Sithole Actor
11 NOMINATED 2018 Drama League Award, Outstanding Production of a Play MCC Theater Producer
      Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
      Rebecca Taichman Director
12 NOMINATED 2018 Drama League Award, Distinguished Performance MaameYaa Boafo Actor
13 NOMINATED 2018 Hewes Design Award, Costume Design Dede M. Ayite Costume Designer
14 NOMINATED 2018 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Play MCC Theater Producer
      Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
15 WON 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award, John Gassner Award MCC Theater Producer
      Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
16 NOMINATED 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play MaameYaa Boafo Actor

1Ensemble Award.