School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh, Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

July 30 - August 29 in the Albert Theatre

School is back in session! This biting and bouyant comedy was playing to packed houses when our stages went dark—and you won't want to miss its triumphant return As the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. Don’t miss this “nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened” (The New York Times) that spotlights the universal similarities—and glaring differences—of teenage girls around the globe.

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Press Releases

July 28, 2021: Goodman Theatre Re-Opens Friday July 30

July 12, 2021: Goodman Theatre Returns July 30 with *School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play*

June 9, 2021: Announcing the 2021/2022 Homecoming Season

May 14, 2020: Goodman Theatre Postpones Remaining Productions in 2019/2020 Season

May 7, 2020: Extended By Popular Demand! *School Girls* is Available for Streaming

April 2, 2020: Online Now! Stream *School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play* At Home

March 12, 2020: Goodman Theatre Suspends Performances of "School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play" Starting Friday, March 13

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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

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    SG_Pro1: (L to R) Adhana Reid (Ama), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy), Adia Alli (Gifty), Ashley Crowe (Nana) and Tania Richard (Headmistress Francis) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Pro2: (L to R) Kyrie Courter (Ericka Boafo) and Ciera Dawn (Paulina Sarpong) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro3: (L to R) Ashley Crowe (Nana), Adhana Reid (Ama), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) and Adia Alli (Gifty) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro4: (L to R) Ciera Dawn (Paulina Sarpong) and Lanise Antoine Shelley (Eloise Amponsah) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro5: (Clockwise from Left) Adia Alli (Gifty), Adhana Reid (Ama), Ashley Crowe (Nana), Ciera Dawn (Paulina Sarpong), Kyrie Courter (Ericka Boafo) and Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Pro7: (L to R) Tania Richard (Headmistress Francis) and Lanise Antoine Shelley (Eloise Amponsah) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro8: (L to R) Ashley Crowe (Nana), Adhana Reid (Ama), Adia Alli (Gifty) and Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro9: (L to R) Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy), Kyrie Courter (Ericka Boafo), Adhana Reid (Ama) and Adia Alli (Gifty) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro10: (L to R) Adia Alli (Gifty) and Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Pro11: (L to R) Adia Alli (Gifty), Adhana Reid (Ama), Ashley Crowe (Nana), Ciera Dawn (Paulina Sarpong) and Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lili-Anne Brown at Goodman Theatre (July 30-August 29, 2021). Photo by Flint Chaney. 

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    SG_Rehearsal1: Director Lili-Anne Brown in rehearsal for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Rehearsal2: Ashley Crow (Nana) video calls the cast as part of rehearsal for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Rehearsal3: Tiffany Renee Johnson (Mercy) in rehearsal for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Rehearsal4: Kyrie Courter (Ericka Boafo) and Ciera Dawn (Paulina Sarpong) in rehearsal for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Photo by Flint Chaney.

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    SG_Rehearsal5: Adhana Reid (Ama) in rehearsal for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Photo by Flint Chaney.

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  • Jocelyn Bioh, Playwright
    Jocelyn Bioh, Playwright

    Jocelyn Bioh (Playwright) is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. Her play School Girls Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Kilroy’s List 2016) recently completed successful runs at the MCC Theatre and Center Theatre Group; Bioh conceived and wrote the libretto for The Ladykiller’s Love Story (music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green), which is in development at the historic Apollo Theatre, NYC. Other plays include Happiness And JoeNollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2017, Kilroy's List 2015) and African Americans (Produced at Howard University 2015; Southern Rep Ruby Prize Award Finalist 2011; O'Neill Center Semi-Finalist, 2012). Bioh received her MFA in Theatre/Playwriting from Columbia University. She is under commission to Manhattan Theatre Club and the Atlantic Theater Company and is a Resident Playwright at LCT3.  As an actress, Bioh’s credits include: In The Blood (Signature Theater), Everybody (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress 2017), Men On Boats (Clubbed Thumb at Playwrights Horizons), The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Broadway; Tony Award Winner for Best Play, 2015), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Obie Award Winner for Best Play, 2014), Booty Candy (Wilma Theater), Seed (Classical Theater of Harlem, Audelco Award Nominee), and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet (City Theatre). She also originated the role of "Topsy" in the World Premiere of Neighbors (The Public Theater, Audelco Award Nominee). TV: Former Cover Girl spokesmodel, Blue Bloods (CBS), The Detour (TBS), The Characters (Netflix), Louie (FX), and One Life To Live (ABC). Bioh was most recently staffed on season two of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix and wrote an episode of the Netflix show Russian Doll.

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  • Lili-Anne Brown, Director
    Lili-Anne Brown, Director

    Lili-Anne Brown (Director) is a native Chicagoan who works as a director, actor and educator. She has performed in, directed and produced many award-winning shows, both local and regional. Goodman credits include School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and the world premiere of Ike Holter's Lottery Day. She is the former Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, where she focused programming on Chicago-premiere musicals and new play development with resident playwrights. She is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and is represented by William Morris Endeavor. lilbrownchicago.com 

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