Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Previews Began: September 12, 2023

Opening Night: October 3, 2023

Closing Night: November 5, 2023

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Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh

Welcome 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.


Somi Kakoma                                                                      Jaja
Brittany Adebumola                                                    Miriam
Maechi Aharanwa                                                            Ndidi
Rachel Christopher                                                    Jennifer
Kalyne Coleman                                                            Chrissy
Lakisha May                                                                 Vanessa
Nana Mensah                                                              Aminata
Michael Oloyede                                                            James
                                                                                     Sock Man
                                                                                      DVD Man
                                                                               Jewelry Man
Dominique Thorne                                                         Marie
Zenzi Williams                                                           Sista Bea

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