Jocelyne Bioh’s Jaja African Hair Braiding to kick off the Manhattan Theater Club’s 2023-24 season on Broadway
The world premiere will be directed by Whitney White.
The Manhattan Theater Club will present the world premiere of Jaja African Hair Braidingwritten by Jocelyn Bioh (schoolgirls; Or, the mean African girls) and directed by Whitney White (Our dear dead drug lord). The production will kick off the theater company’s 2023-2024 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater with performances slated to begin in fall 2023.
The show is set in Harlem in Jaja’s salon and follows a tight-knit community of West African immigrant hair braiders. Performance dates, cast and creative team are to be announced.
Manhattan Theater Club’s 2022-2023 lineup includes Broadway productions by Martyna Majok Cost of life (which begins previews September 13); Anthony McCarten’s transfer to London Cooperation, with Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope; and the world premiere directed by Laura Linney of Summer 1976. Off-Broadway programming includes world premieres of Where the mountain meets the sea by Jeff Augustine and as best we could (a family tragedy), in the same way King James.
Featured Off-Broadway, Poor Yella Rednecks will join the work of Bioh for the 2023-24 season.