JAJA'S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING Will Live Stream Final Week of Performances


Brittany Adebumola and Dominique Thorne | Photo: Matthew Murphy

Jordanna Brody
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October 30, 2023 2:35 PM

The League of Live Stream Theater is partnering with Manhattan Theatre Club to present the Broadway sensation Jaja's African Hair Braiding via live stream! The live stream performances will begin Tuesday, November 14th and include all evening and matinee performances through Sunday, November 19th.

Lynne Meadow, MTC Artistic Director said, “It’s been a joy for me to work on this production with Jocelyn, Whitney, the fantastic cast and creative team. The show has been a sensation with standing ovations every night beginning at its first performance. I’m thrilled that so many more people will have the chance to see it and be inspired to come to the theatre in the future.”

This dazzling world premiere welcomes you into Jaja’s bustling hair braiding shop 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 and is directed by Whitney White.

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh commented, “Reaching the widest audience possible has always been my goal with this play and I’m so thrilled that that will now be possible. I can’t wait for audiences far and wide to come to the shop!”  

The cast of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding features Brittany Adebumola, Maechi Aharanwa, Rachel Christopher, Kalyne Coleman, Somi Kakoma, Lakisha May, Nana Mensah , Michael Oloyede, Dominique Thorne and Zenzi Williams.

The performance schedule for the live streamed performances is as follows (all EST):

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 15 at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

Friday, November 17 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 PM

For more information and live stream tickets, visit LOLST.org.

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.