Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, a brand new play written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Whitney White, will make its Broadway debut in a world premiere manufacturing by the Manhattan Theatre Club subsequent fall.
The play would be the first manufacturing of MTC’s 2023-2024 Broadway season on the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Performance dates, casting, and inventive workforce might be introduced at a later date.
The announcement was made as we speak by Lynne Meadow, MTC Artistic Director, and Barry Grove, MTC Executive Producer. The play is about at a hair braiding salon in Harlem the place, as MTC describes, “on daily basis, a energetic and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders are creating masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood ladies.
“During one sweltering summer day, love will blossom, dreams will flourish and secrets will be revealed. The uncertainty of their circumstances simmers below the surface of their lives and when it boils over, it forces this tight-knit community to confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home.”
Bioh is a Ghanaian-American playwright whose credit embody School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and the Public Theater’s Merry Wives, and director White is an Obie winner for Our Dear Dead Drug Lord.
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding joins the beforehand introduced New York premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, in MTC’s 2023-2024 season.