CARDINAL PLAY DATES
Play Dates is a monthly script-reading club. It’s just like a book club, but for theater! Each month we’ll read a different play or musical and then meet to discuss the piece. We’ll read a little bit of the show out loud, talk about themes and characters, and occasionally do Q&A with playwrights or other theater experts. If you love theater and want to expand your knowledge or meet fellow theater fans, this is the group for you!
Anyone can join Play Dates for free, but members will need to purchase scripts each month (or borrow them from the library). We want to ensure that playwrights are getting paid for their work. We will provide links to outlets where each month’s script will be available for purchase or loan, as well as additional resources like cast albums or video recordings.
Play Dates will meet on the final Wednesday of each month at 7pm over Zoom, until we are able to meet in person. Find more info about this month’s play below!
February Play: School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play
February Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
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. This 2018 Lortel Award winner for Best Play and New York Times Critic’s Pick explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
The script is available for purchase from Dramatists Play Service.
Meet the Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh
Jocelyn Bioh is an award-winning Ghanaian-American writer and performer from New York City. Her plays include School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, Nollywood Dreams, and African Americans. Jocelyn conceived and wrote the libretto for The Ladykiller’s Love Story (music and lyrics by CeeLo Green) and Goddess (book writer). She has also been a staff writer for the Netflix TV shows “Russian Doll” and Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.” Jocelyn received her MFA in Theatre/Playwriting from Columbia University. She is under commission with Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Second Stage, and Atlantic Theater Company, and is a resident playwright at LCT3. As an actress, a selection of Jocelyn’s credits include: In the Blood (Signature Theatre; Drama Desk nomination, Best Featured Actress), Everybody (Signature Theatre; Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress, 2017), Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb at Playwrights Horizons), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway; Tony Award Winner for Best Play, 2015), An Octoroon (Soho Rep; Obie Award Winner for Best Play, 2014). She also originated the role of “Topsy” in the world premiere of Neighbors (The Public Theater; Audelco Award Nominee). Film/TV acting credits include: “Ben is Back” (Black Bear Pictures), “Russian Doll” (Netflix), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Detour” (TBS), “The Characters” (Netflix), “Louie” (FX), and “One Life to Live” (ABC).
Previous Play Dates:
May 2020: Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim. Watch the recap here!
June 2020: The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. Watch the recap here!
July 2020: The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington by James Ijames. Watch the recap here!
August 2020: Two Trains Running by August Wilson. Watch the recap here!
September 2020: The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas & Adam Guettel. Watch the recap here!
October 2020: Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison.
November 2020: Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz.