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The Story:

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global 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.

The Production:

This production is directed by Tenaj Jackson and will play in Loyola's Marquette Theatre between June 15 and July 1.


$50 - Premier Seating - WHAT'S THIS?

$35 - Adult

$22 - Under 21

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Due to the current Covid-19 case numbers in New Orleans and the high-transmissibility of the Omicron variant, we’ve decided to postpone our production of School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play. We made this decision with the safety of our cast, staff, and patrons in mind. We plan to now produce the production in June of this year. The new dates will be published and on sale shortly. 


Jocelyn Bioh

JOCELYN BIOH is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. NYC acting credits include In the Blood (Signature Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination) , Everybody (Signature Theatre, Lortel nomination); Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons); An Octoroon (Soho Rep); Neighbors (The Public Theater); and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015. Her plays include 2015 Kilroys’ List selection Nollywood Dreams which was presented in 2017 as part of The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater, 2017/18, Lortel Award, OCC John Gassner Award, Hull-Warriner Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Drama League Nomination, Off Broadway Alliance Nomination, Kilroys’ List 2016), African Americans (Ruby Prize Finalist 2011), Goddess (book writer) and The Ladykiller’s Love Story of which she conceived the story and wrote the libretto with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green. She is a commissioned playwright with Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Second Stage Theater. She is a resident playwright at Lincoln Center and is a Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theater for 2017–18. BA in English and Theatre from Ohio State University and MFA in Playwriting.


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Louisiana residents are eligible to receive $10 rush tickets at all performances when available.


Rush tickets are for available remaining seats 20 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are first come, first serve and must be purchased in person at the box office. 

What to expect at performances

COVID-19 Safety Policies

  • All NOLA Project staff will be masked, excluding performers.

  • All audience members are asked to wear a mask for the duration of the show.

  • All audience members over 5 must present a proof of vaccination or a negative PRC test within the last 72 hours.

  • All performers are fully vaccinated and are tested weekly.

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Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the RAC. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts. Additionally supported by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

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