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The next reading will be:

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh
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.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID:. “…fascinating…The nasty-teen comedy genre emerges wonderfully refreshed and even deepened by its immersion in a world it never considered…Beneath the infectious silliness of [the] play’s adopted genre, the ugly question of internalized racism lurks…With no underlining and without sacrificing laughs, [Bioh] is able…to bring the audience to an unexpectedly ambivalent conclusion about the morality of cultural dominance.”
—NY Times
“…funny and fast-paced…brisk and clear…[Bioh] knows how to craft bouncy, juicy dialogue that performers can have fun with. She also knows that there’s a sting inside all this fun.”
—NY Magazine
“[SCHOOL GIRLS] is a ferociously entertaining morality tale that proves as heartwarming as it is hilarious…The clever writing features plenty of astute period-appropriate touches…SCHOOL GIRLS…arrives as a delightful surprise.” —Hollywood Reporter.

The play is available for purchase in paperback or PDF format at Dramatists

At Amazon

Hillsborough Community College Theatre Department is partnering with Stageworks Theatre for this event. The Hillsborough Community College District includes five campuses, each with a unique identity reflective of the communities it serves, in addition to three academic centers. It is their priority to provide their students with engaging academic and campus life—including a wide array of support services, clubs, activities, service learning, and athletics programs—that helps foster a more well rounded, engaged college experience for our students. For more than five decades Hillsborough Community College has proudly served the residents of Tampa Bay through its programs and services. The Theater Department provides a foundation in acting, technical design, back stage work and production. The Theatre Department chooses plays from diverse sources to challenge student-performers’ skills and explore a variety of stories.

Suzy DeVore is a professor of theatre, actor and director. She holds an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School, New School University in New York City and a BA in Dance from Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently the lead faculty for the Hillsborough Community College Theatre Department. She is also the president of the Visual and Performing Arts Series of the college. While in NYC, she was the managing director of her theatre company of P.L.A.Y. Put Life Ahead of You, which focused on the integration of education through the arts, by both producing new work and pursuing the history of classical work. Favorite theatre productions include roles in Extremities, Laura, The Shadow Box, Last Night of Ballyhoo, and In the Blood. She is a member of Association of Theatre in Higher Education and has recently been awarded outstanding director for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV.