School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play

A co-production with Portland Center Stage at The Armory

by Jocelyn Bioh
directed by Lava Alapai

January 18, 2020 – February 16, 2020

PCS @ The Armory: Main Stage

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 nearly topples the social order of Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's biting comedy explores the challenges facing teenage girls across the globe and cautions that while beauty may be only skin deep, its pursuit can cut much deeper.


Awards for Jocelyn Bioh

2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play)

2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for John Gassner Playwriting Award (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play)


“delicious ensemble work”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times


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