School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play

A co-production with Portland Center Stage at The Armory

by Jocelyn Bioh
directed by Lava Alapai

January 18, 2020 – February 16, 2020

PCS @ The Armory: Main Stage

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 nearly topples the social order of Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's biting comedy explores the challenges facing teenage girls across the globe and cautions that while beauty may be only skin deep, its pursuit can cut much deeper.

To learn about the CAST and CREATIVE team of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, please visit the PCS page


Awards for Jocelyn Bioh

2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play)

2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for John Gassner Playwriting Award (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play)


“delicious ensemble work”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times

Looking to add School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play* to your ART subscription: contact the box office at 503.241.1278 or click here.

*This production is exclusively available with all renewing and new subscription package purchases. 

Single tickets to School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play can be found here, at Portland Center Stage. 


Cast and Production Team


Jocelyn Bioh


Lava Alapai *


* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Preview Week

Please see Portland Center Stage at the Armory for more information. 

Special Events

Hollywood Theatre: STAGE meet SCREEN HEATHERS. 
Monday, Jan 20 at 7:30pm

Artists Repertory Theatre’s Stage Meets Screen series, in conjunction with their production of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh, presents presents the original mean girls of HEATHERS!

More Info

Open Captioning 5 Open Captioned Matinee: Feb 15

handicapped2 Wheelchair seating: Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.

audiodescribed2 Digital FM hearing systems are available.


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