Jocelyn Bioh '08 Wins Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play
May 17, 2018
The 33rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, were held on May 6th at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Among the night’s big winners was alumna Jocelyn Bioh ’08 who took the award for Outstanding Play for School Girls, the African Mean Girls Play, her first fully produced play. The production won three awards in total: actress Mirirai Sithole took the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and Dede M. Ayite won the award for Outstanding Costume Design, and the play won the award for Outstanding Play this year along with Cost of Living by Martyna Majok.
MCC’s production of School Girls, the African Mean Girls Play was directed by Rebecca Taichman and premiered last fall, to glowing reviews. The show was extended twice due to high demand. Set in 1986 at a Ghanaian boarding school, School Girls, the African Mean Girls Play centers around a group of girls hoping to represent Ghana in the Miss Universe Pageant. "Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss 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. Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?" according to the play's description.
Bioh was also nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress for her performance on Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson. See the complete list of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards here.
Jocelyn Bioh is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. NYC acting credits include: In the Blood, Everybody (Signature, 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 the Spring of 2017 as part of The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, School Girls (Kilroys' List 2016), Happiness and Joe (2017), African Americans (Ruby Prize Finalist 2011), Goddess (book writer), and The Ladykiller's Love Story, for which she conceived the story and wrote the libretto with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green. She is a commissioned playwright with MTC and Atlantic Theater Company, a Resident Playwright at Lincoln Center and a 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence with MCC. She holds BA in English/Theatre from The Ohio State University.