Zainab Jah

Paige Gilbert,Mirirai Sithole


It was press day October 10 for MCC Theater’s World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Tony Award winning director Rebecca Taichman and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bloh and the cast were on hand to speak with Theater Pizzazz’ Sandi Durell for interviews, giving insight into what the play is about as well as their individual roles.

The cast includes Nablyah Be, Maame Yaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Nike Kadri, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor.  MCC’s artistic directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Kelsey and William Cantler, as well as Executive Director Blake West were all on hand for the occasion.

Nablyah Be

Myra Lucretia Taylor

Abena Mensah-Bonsu

Nike Kadri

The play centers around an exclusive girls boarding school in Ghana where the reigning Queen Bee has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant, until Ericka, a new student, arrives who has lots of talent, beauty that captures the attention of the pageant recruiter and Paulina’s friends. It’s a buoyant and biting comedy exploring the similarities and differences facing teenage girls across the globe.

Previews begin Nov. 1 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, NY, opening night Nov. 16 and scheduled thru Dec. 10. 

Photos: Anna Letson

Video/Edits/Interviews: Sandi Durell