Pictured: Playwright Jocelyn Bioh, c
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and design team for the multiple award-winning Off-Broadway hit SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY, written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by KCRep’s Artistic Associate/Resident Director, Chip Miller.
The all-Kansas City cast features Chioma Anyanwu as Eloise Amponsah, Yetunde Felix-Ukwu as Ama, Alison Jones as Gifty, Amber McKinnon as Headmistress Francis, Bree Patterson as Mercy, Shon Ruffin as Nana, Morgan Walker as Ericka Boafo, and Brianna Woods as Paulina Sarpong.
The design team includes Scenic Design by Brittany Vasta, Costume Design by Dominique Fawn Hill, Alan Edwards is Lighting Designer and Lana Palmer is Sound Designer. Tenley Pitonzo is the Production Stage Manager, Lydia Krause is the Assistant Stage
friends. While it seems like Paulina is the perfect pageant girl, her dominance is threatened when this outsider enters the scene. The charming mixed-race Ericka wins the other girls over with her lotions, hair products, concert stories, and lighter skin, much to Paulina’s dismay. Ericka’s arrival threatens Paulina’s chances at winning Miss Ghana and shows that she’ll do just about anything to win.
Miller calls Bioh, “a singular voice in theater today. I’m so thrilled to share this play with Kansas City audiences because I think it will resonate deeply. It’s a brilliantly hysterical play about a group of young black African women confronting the impossible and absurd beauty standards that we are all inundated with every moment of our lives. That it is able to have this
important conversation while being one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever read excites me to no end.”
SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY runs February 22 through March 17 at the Copaken Stage. For more information visit kcrep.org.