School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls PlayNew acquisition, manuscript not available, licensing restricted.
Full Length, Comedy
THE STORY: 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. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
“…fascinating… The nasty-teen comedy genre emerges wonderfully refreshed and even deepened by its immersion in a world it never considered. …Beneath the infectious silliness of [the] play’s adopted genre, the ugly question of internalized racism lurks. …With no underlining and without sacrificing laughs, [Bioh] is able…to bring the audience to an unexpectedly ambivalent conclusion about the morality of cultural dominance.” —NY Times. “…funny and fast-paced… brisk and clear… [Bioh] knows how to craft bouncy, juicy dialogue that performers can have fun with. She also knows that there’s a sting inside all this fun.” —NY Mag. “[SCHOOL GIRLS] is a ferociously entertaining morality tale that proves as heartwarming as it is hilarious. …The clever writing features plenty of astute period-appropriate touches… SCHOOL GIRLS…arrives as a delightful surprise.” —Hollywood Reporter.