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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway
Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Tickets
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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Tickets

New York, NY
This world premiere brings a bustling hair salon to the stage.
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About Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway

Make your appointment at Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway, the latest world-premiere play from award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Get Jaja's African Hair Braiding tickets on TodayTix.

On one hot summer day at the title Harlem salon, a group of West African women create artistic masterpieces with their clients' hair. As usual, they chat about their dreams, loves, and ambitions — but they also discuss the ever-growing threat of suddenly being outsiders in their own neighborhood. Don't miss this equally fun and poignant comedy from the writer of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and Obie Award-winning director Whitney White.

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Both Bioh and White are making Broadway debuts with Jaja's African Hair Braiding. Bioh, who is also an actor, performed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2014, but this play marks her Broadway writing debut. All her previous plays have debuted off Broadway and beyond: the multi-award-winning School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, the rom-com Nollywood Dreams, and the Shakespeare adaptation Merry Wives.

White is best known for her Obie Award-winning direction of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord off Broadway in 2019, and for other shows including the world premiere of Aleshea Harris's Pulitzer-nominated On Sugarland.

What to Watch For

  • Bioh set another one of her plays, Merry Wives, amid an African diasporic community in Harlem. A key event in that show takes place while a character is at a Senegalese braiding salon.
  • Bioh doesn't just write plays — she inspires them, too. Fellow playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins wrote a role in his play An Octoroon specifically for her to play.
  • Bioh's plays are mostly comedic because she wants to portray the joy, not suffering, of African communities. She is inspired by the personalities and lives of her Ghanaian relatives.
  • She's keeping busy! Bioh wrote the book for a new musical, Goddess, which premiered in California and is rumored to be aiming for Broadway. Saheem Ali, who directed Bioh's Merry Wives, conceived the musical.
  • Taraji P. Henson and LaChanze are on the Jaja's African Hair Braiding producing team.

Start date

September 12th, 2023

End date

October 29th, 2023




Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

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