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Martinson Hall

March 27 - May 20, 2018

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This season, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to The Public with a new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play Sweat, heralded by The New York Times as a “vital contribution to contemporary drama.”

Taking us on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes around the world, MLIMA'S TALE is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, and want and need.

Obie Award winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home from the Wars) directs this poignant new play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all. 

Ito Aghayere

Ito Aghayere

Jojo Gonzalez

Jojo Gonzalez

Kevin Mambo

Kevin Mambo

Sahr Ngaujah

Sahr Ngaujah

Additional support for MLIMA'S TALE provided by an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

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World Premiere


Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jo Bonney

Featuring Ito Aghayere (Player 3), Jojo Gonzalez (Player 2), Kevin Mambo (Player 1), and Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima)

Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Design: Jennifer Moeller

Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu

Sound Design: Darron L West

Original Music: Justin Hicks


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