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Jocelyn Bioh, Whitney White

Jocelyn Bioh’s Jaja’s African Hair Braiding to Premiere on Broadway

Manhattan Theatre Club is about to kick off its 2022-2023 Broadway season with Cost of Living and has just announced plans for its next season. The world premiere of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Whitney White, will be the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2023-2024 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with performances beginning in the fall of 2023.

This dazzling world premiere welcomes you into Jaja’s bustling hair braiding salon in Harlem where every day, a lively and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders are creating masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood women. 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. This extraordinary new play is by the award-winning Ghanaian-American playwright Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) and will be directed by Obie winner Whitney White (Our Dear Dead Drug Lord).

Performance dates, casting, and creative team information for Jaja’s African Hair Braiding will be announced at a later date.