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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 1B4 Canada (map)

“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Written by Jocelyn Bioh, Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Produced by Obsidian Theatre Company in association with Nightwood Theatre

Toronto premiere - March 5-24, 2019
Onstage at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)

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 Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be Queen Bee?

New York Times Critic's Pick
Nominated for 4 Lucille Lortel Awards
Nominated for 4 Drama Desk Awards

Featuring Akosua Amo-Adem, Alllison Edwards-Crewe, Melissa Eve Langdon, Bria McLaughlin, Tatyana Mitchell, Natasha Mumba, Rachel Mutombo, Emerjade Simms

Set Design - Rachel Forbes | Costume Design - Joanna Yu | Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay | Sound Design/Composition - Reza Jacobs | Head of Wardrobe - Chantelle Laliberte | Head of Props – Vanessa Janiszewska | Stage Manager - Emilie Aubin | Assistant Director – Tawiah Ben M'Carthy | Assistant Stage Manager - Ada Aguilar | Dialect Coach - Ausar Stewart | Production Managers - Alanna McConnell and Rebecca Vandevelde

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Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm
Talkback Tuesdays: March 12 & March 19
Wednesday Matinee: March 20 at 1pm

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Photo by Cesar Ghisilieri”

Earlier Event: March 3
Dragathon for Venezuelans
Later Event: March 5
Working Women