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Sahr Ngaujah in Mlima's Tale

Lynn Nottage's Mlima's Tale extends at the Public Theater

Mlima's Tale will now play its final performance at the Public's Martinson Hall on June 3, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Public Theater has announced a 2-week extension for the acclaimed world premiere of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's new play Mlima's Tale, which began previews at the Public's Martinson Hall on March 27, 2018, and officially opened on April 15. The limited engagement will now play its final performance on June 3, 2018 (instead of May 20, 2018). Read our 5* review.

Synopsis: "Taking us on a journey from the heart of Africa and 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, want and need, and reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all."

The cast of Mlima's Tale includes Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah (as Mlima), Kevin Mambo (as Player 1), Jojo Gonzalez (as Player 2), and Ito Aghayere (as Player 3). Mr. Ngaujah and Mr. Mambo both played the leading role of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in the 2009 Broadway musical Fela! Mr. Mambo is also a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner for his role as Marcus Williams on "The Guiding Light". Mr. Gonzalez is perhaps best known for his off-Broadway appearances in Small Mouth Sounds, whilst Ms. Aghayere recently made her Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater's Junk.

Under the direction of Jo Bonney, the creative team features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, original music by Justin Hicks and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Acclaimed playwright Lynn Nottage made history last year by becoming the first woman to ever be awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. She won her first prize for Ruined in 2009 and was awarded her second last year for Sweat.

Mlima's Tale Tickets are available now for performances through to June 3, 2018.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)

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