School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Written by Jocelyn Bioh, Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Produced by Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre
March 5-24, 2019 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)
Running time: 85 minutes

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. Jocelyn Bioh’s 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?


★★★ 1/2 (out of 4) “A pitch-perfect production [...] remarkable for not only skewering petty teenage female power grabs but for exposing their root causes as deeply serious, systemic and colonial.” - The Toronto Star

NNNN - “Wickedly good theatre” - NOW Magazine

★★★ (out of 4) - The Globe and Mail

“Being a Black woman is so hard. But there’s also joy and there’s love and there’s comedy.” - Interview with the cast of School Girls in The Toronto Star

“Piercingly honest and totally hilarious” - Mooney On Theatre

“Some aspects of school and adolescence are the same wherever you might go [...] The unity of this ensemble directed by Nina Lee Aquino was a joy to behold.” - Barcza Blog

Click here for an interview with Akosua Amo-Adem on Newstalk 1010’s Weekend Morning Show with Dave Trafford

“Western beauty standards challenged on stage by a comedy about a Miss Universe pageant” - Interview with Nina Lee Aquino on CBC Metro Morning

“Shadeism, high school and comedy come together in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” - Interview with Akosua Amo-Adem on CBC Here & Now

New York Times Critic's Pick

Nominated for 4 Lucille Lortel Awards
Nominated for 4 Drama Desk Awards

MARCH 5 – 24, 2019
Tuesday, March 5 // 8:00 PM (Preview)
Wednesday, March 6 // 8:00 PM (Preview)
Thursday, March 7 // 8:00 PM (Preview)
Friday, March 8 // 8:00 PM (Opening Night)
Saturday, March 9 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 10 // 2:30 PM

Tuesday, March 12 // 8:00 PM
*Talkback Tuesday (Moderated by Esie Mensah, Ghanaian Artist)
Wednesday, March 13 // 8:00 PM
*Post-show Talkback (Moderated by Daniel Carter)
Thursday, March 14 // 8:00 PM
Friday, March 15 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 16 // 2:30 PM
Saturday, March 16 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 17 // 2:30 PM

Tuesday, March 19 // 8:00 PM
*Talkback Tuesday
Wednesday, March 20 // 1:00 PM
*Post-show Matinee Talkback (Moderated by Myekah Payne, Dramaturge at Obsidian Theatre)

Wednesday, March 20 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 21 // 8:00 PM
Friday, March 22 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 23 // 2:30 PM
Saturday, March 23 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 24 // 2:30 PM

Photo of Melissa Eve Langdon and Natasha Mumba by Cesar Ghisilieri.


School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Akosua Amo-Adem
Allison Edwards-Crewe
Melissa Eve Langdon
Bria McLaughlin
Tatyana Mitchell
Natasha Mumba
Rachel Mutombo
Emerjade Simms

Playwright - Jocelyn Bioh
Director - Nina Lee Aquino
Set Design - Rachel Forbes
Costume Design - Joanna Yu
Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay
Sound Design/Composition - Reza Jacobs
Head of Wardrobe - Chantelle Laliberte
Head of Props – Vanessa Janiszewski
Stage Manager - Emilie Aubin
Assistant Director – Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
Assistant Stage Manager - Ada Aguilar
Dialect Coach - Ausar Stewart
Production Managers - Alanna McConnell and Rebecca Vandevelde

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

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