Jocelyn Bioh’s witty and thought-provoking play examines the social life of teen girls in the vein of the cinema classic, Mean Girls. Set at an elite school in Ghana, the play tackles issues of class and beauty standards. Paulina controls the social scene at the prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School, but the teen queen’s throne is threatened when a new student arrives from America. Watch and discover this comedic and heartfelt drama that sheds light on the challenges teenaged girls confront.

Recommended for ages 12+

Jocelyn Bioh

Shanelle Marie

All tickets: $45

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Thursday, January 27, 2022  |  7:30 pm
Friday, January 28, 2022  |  8 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022  |  8 pm
Sunday, January 30, 2022  |  2 pm
Thursday, February 3, 2022  |  7:30 pm
Friday, February 4, 2022  |  8 pm
Saturday, February 5, 2022  |  8 pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022  |  2 pm
Thursday, February 10, 2022  |  7:30 pm
Friday, February 11, 2022  |  8 pm
Saturday, February 12, 2022  |  8 pm
Sunday, February 13, 2022  |  2 pm

Digital Program
Director Shanelle Marie
Music Director Noelle Anderson
Dialect Coach Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe
Stage Manager Kristen Upchurch
Assistant Stage Manager Becky Barger Amato
Set Designer Lisa McLymont
Lighting Designer Darin Keesings
Costume Designer Esther Sands
Sound Designer Diallo Wilkerson
Props Designer Brooklyn Sabino Smith
Master Electrician Rowan Winterwood
Co-Master Electrician Brendan Michna
Wardrobe Delaney Althauser
Production Manager Tony Koehler
Technical Director Isaac Steinhour


Public parking is available in the attached Riffe Center Garage, accessible from Front Street, or in the Statehouse parking garage (for a fee), connected to the Riffe Center via an underground walkway.

Please ignore all signage for the Riffe Center Parking Garage that says “closed,” or “full,” including any of the reserved signs on individual parking spaces. The garage is open and free to everyone on weekends and after 6:00 p.m. 

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The most direct and easiest route to the theatres on the 4th floor is via the State Street entrance. While the signs say “employee entrance,” the Riffe Center security team will be expecting you. Elevators from the Riffe Center Parking Garage will be operating on Levels G, G1 & G2. If you park on those levels, you should be able to bring the elevator right up to the 4th Floor Theatre level. Alternatively, you may need to walk outside for one block, to access the State St. entrance. Please contact the CAPA Box Office at 614-469-0939 if you need special accommodations for accessibility.


Performances begin promptly at the advertised time. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager. Please plan to arrive early to navigate parking and vaccination check-in for those 12 and older.

Beginning October 8, 2021, CATCO is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations OR proof of a negative PCR test within 72-hours of attending a production for all patrons 12 years of age and older. We will additionally require mask-wearing indoors at our theater for all audience members and staff until further notice.

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

World Premiere at the MCC Theater, October 16, 2017 (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, & William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director)

Originally developed as part of The New Black Fest at The Lark, 2016 Additional development as part of the MCC Theater PlayLabs series, 2016

“The Greatest Love Of All”
By Linda Creed and Michael Masser
Used by Permission of EMI Gold Horizon Music Corporation; EMI Golden Torch Music Corporation
All rights reserved.


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