Overview

“Here she is, Miss Ghana…” Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she’ll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn’t count on her reign being threatened. Ericka arrives from America and immediately challenges the ruling class with Western sensibilities and imported beauty products. With hilarity and insight, Jocelyn Bioh’s award-winning comedy dissects how “mean girls” are created—and cured. Fresh off two sold-out, extended Off-Broadway runs, this “ferociously entertaining morality tale” (Hollywood Reporter) is sure to strike a chord with anyone, anywhere, who has ever been a teenage girl, raised a teenage girl, or met a teenage girl.

“It’s lean, mean and thoroughly enjoyable. [A] first-class treatment!” 
-The Washington Post
"Funny and fast paced … [with] bouncy, juicy dialogue."
-Vulture

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Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Jade Jones (Nana), Kashayna Johnson (Paulina), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Jade Jones (Nana), Kashayna Johnson (Paulina), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Kashayna Johnson (Pauline), and Jade Jones (Nana) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Kashayna Johnson (Pauline), and Jade Jones (Nana) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Jade Jones (Nana), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Jade Jones (Nana), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Kashayna Johnson (Paulina), Jade Jones (Nana), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Awa Sal Secka (Ama), Kashayna Johnson (Paulina), Jade Jones (Nana), and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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The cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
The cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Kashayna Johnson (Paulina) and Claire Saunders (Ericka) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Kashayna Johnson (Paulina) and Claire Saunders (Ericka) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty), Claire Saunders (Ericka), Debora Crabbe (Mercy), and Awa Sal Secka (Ama) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty), Claire Saunders (Ericka), Debora Crabbe (Mercy), and Awa Sal Secka (Ama) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Shirine Babbe (Eloise Amponsah) and Theresa Cunningham (Headmistress Francis) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Shirine Babbe (Eloise Amponsah) and Theresa Cunningham (Headmistress Francis) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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The full cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
The full cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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The cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
The cast of SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Claire Saunders (Ericka) and Kashayna Johnson (Paulina) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Claire Saunders (Ericka) and Kashayna Johnson (Paulina) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Debora Crabbe (Mercy) and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Debora Crabbe (Mercy) and Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
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Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Theresa Cunningham (Headmistress Francis), Jade Jones (Nana), Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty), and Awa Sal Secka (Ama) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Debora Crabbe (Mercy), Theresa Cunningham (Headmistress Francis), Jade Jones (Nana), Moriamo Temidayo Akibu (Gifty), and Awa Sal Secka (Ama) in SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Extras

Round House offers a variety of additional programs, promotions, and partnerships to enhance your experience of each play in our season.

ROUND HOUSE BOOK CLUB

Enhance your experience and continue the conversation at the new Round House Book Club. In partnership with Loyalty Books, the Round House artistic staff has curated a selection of novels to illuminate and enrich each of our mainstage productions. The Book Club will meet once during the run of each show to discuss the book, the play, and everything in between. All are welcome to take in our new community spaces, enjoy special deals at the Fourth Wall Bar and Café, and engage with other members of the Round House and Loyalty communities!

The first Book Club meeting will be held in the Round House lobby on Saturday, October 12 at 3:30 pm, following the 2pm matinee performance of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. We will be discussing Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer. You can pick up a copy of this fast, funny, and engrossing thriller at Loyalty’s Petworth location, or order online.

Round House Book Club is free to attend, but please let us know you'll be coming!



Click here to learn more about our regular offerings, listed below. Enhancement dates for School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play are: