School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play | Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Designated Suzi Recommended!!!
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM (Senior Matinee)
Thursdays at 10:30 AM (School Matinee)
Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 PM (Matinee only on Friday, March 6th)
Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM
**Two special performances accessible for the deaf community on March 7th at 2:30 and 7:30**
The matinee and evening performances of School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play will be interpreted for the deaf or hard of hearing on Saturday, March 7th. Special pricing and seating are available using the promo code: ASLSCHOOL
At the start of the 1986 school year, Paulina, reigning queen bee of the Aburi Boarding School, has her sights set on winning the Miss Ghana Pageant and ultimately, the Miss Global Universe Pageant. Paulina prides herself on successfully shaming her friends over their weight, hair, and status. When American transfer student Erica arrives and begins to threaten Paulina’s position atop her hive-minded friends, the power struggle begins. Colorism, classism, body shaming and more play a role in the skirmishes that ensue.
Focusing on issues that teenagers face around the globe, School Girls; or, the
African Mean Girls Play is a fearless comedy that confronts our concepts of self-esteem and beauty.
Community Conversation: My Black Is Beautiful
Saturday, January 11 at 11:00 AM | FREE | Carl and Mary Ware Hall – Clark Atlanta University
This inter-generational discussion will focus on beauty standards, past and present, while creating a new definition of beauty that is inclusive of all shades of skin, all body types, and all textures of hair.
Related Reading: If Pretty Hurts… by Tori Sampson
Saturday, February 1 at 7:00 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
Cast Talk Back
Sunday, February 23 at 4:00 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
Join us for a moderated post-show conversation with the cast. This is your chance to ask the cast your most burning questions about their experiences working on this production and to hear some unexpected stories behind its creation.
Daddy/Daughter Week | February 20 – February 22
Get one adult and one child ticket for $35 for evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Greek/HBCU Week | February 27 – March 1
Thursday, Feb 27 at 7:30 PM Post-Show | Cast Meet + Greet
Friday, Feb 28 – Sunday, March 1 All Performances $10 off for tickets purchased at box office
Sunday, March 1 at 4:00 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
Ibi Owolabi, the Dialect Coach, will talk about how she helped the cast develop Ghanaian accents for the production.
Community Panel – Access to the Arts
Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 PM | FREE | Southwest Arts Center
The arts should be accessible to everyone but sadly this is not always true, especially for those with disabilities. For youth, bullying can also sometimes play a role in hindering their access. Join us for a thought-provoking and in-depth conversation with thought leaders on this topic, immediately following the matinee performance.
Cast and Crew
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