From the producers: 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.
Audience Notes: This production contains strobe effects and herbal cigarettes.
Author Lynn Nottage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of women of African descent. She is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for "Ruined." She won the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017 for "Sweat." She is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice.
Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs an ensemble cast that includes Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as Mlima, and Ito Aghayere, Jojo Gonzalez and Kevin Mambo.
What is the Public Theater? Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line" and the original Off Broadway production of "Hamilton") and has 40 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.