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School Girls Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 6:45pm to Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:45pm
Online Event

"School Girls Or, The African Mean Girls Play" by Jocelyn Bioh

The African American Theatre Arts Troupe, in collaboration with the UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts, will host its annual winter production online this March 4th-9th. RSVP for access and event updates.

Jocelyn Bioh’s award-winning comedy follows a group of schoolgirls vying for the title of Miss Ghana 1986. Pretty, popular Paulina is the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School, but her reign is threatened when the pageant recruiter is more interested in Ericka, the new transfer student from Ohio with a “more universal and commercial look.” Inspired in part by the real-world controversy surrounding the 2011 Miss Universe Ghana pageant—where a fair-skinned, American-born woman went on to win the title--School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is an exploration of colorism and teenage ambition that’s “funny and fast-paced...[with] bouncy, juicy dialogue” (Vulture).  

“It’s joyful, it’s youthful, it’s heartbreaking!"

This production will have a YouTube stream starting on March 4, 2021, through March 9, 2021. Live talk backs will be held on March 4th and 9th featuring the full cast and director.

Link to the livestream

Link to AATAT website