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Photos: Inside Opening Night of MLIMA'S TALE at the Public Theater

The Public Theater is currently hosting the world premiere of MLIMA'S TALE, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney. MLIMA'S TALE continues The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. The play will run through Sunday, May 20 in The Public's Martinson Hall.

The complete cast of MLIMA'S TALE features Ito Aghayere (Player 3), Jojo Gonzalez(Player 2), Kevin Mambo (Player 1), and Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima).

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. 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 directs this poignant new play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.

MLIMA'S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, music composition and direction by Justin Hicks, and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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Mlima's Tale
Daniel Breaker

Mlima's Tale
Daniel Breaker

Mlima's Tale
Zainab Jah

Mlima's Tale
Zainab Jah

Mlima's Tale
Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Burris

Mlima's Tale
Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Burris

Mlima's Tale
Steven Pasquale, Phillipa Soo

Mlima's Tale
Steven Pasquale, Phillipa Soo

Mlima's Tale
Marsha Norman

Mlima's Tale
Marsha Norman

Mlima's Tale
Mandy Hackett, Zainab Jah

Mlima's Tale
Mandy Hackett, Zainab Jah

Mlima's Tale
Mandy Hackett, Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage, Oskar Eustis

Mlima's Tale
Mandy Hackett, Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage, Oskar Eustis

Mlima's Tale
Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage

Mlima's Tale
Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage

Mlima's Tale
Zainab Jah, Eisa Davis

Mlima's Tale
Zainab Jah, Eisa Davis

Mlima's Tale
Eisa Davis, Kenita Miller

Mlima's Tale
Eisa Davis, Kenita Miller

Mlima's Tale
Jojo Gonzalez

Mlima's Tale
Jojo Gonzalez

Mlima's Tale
Kevin Mambo

Mlima's Tale
Kevin Mambo

Mlima's Tale
Sahr Ngaujah

Mlima's Tale
Sahr Ngaujah

Mlima's Tale
Kevin Mambo, Sahr Ngaujah

Mlima's Tale
Kevin Mambo, Sahr Ngaujah

Mlima's Tale
Justin Hicks

Mlima's Tale
Justin Hicks

Mlima's Tale
Kenita Miller, Justin Hicks

Mlima's Tale
Kenita Miller, Justin Hicks

Mlima's Tale
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere, Lynn Nottage, Kevin Mambo, Jo Bonney, Justin Hicks

Mlima's Tale
Ito Aghayere

Mlima's Tale
Ito Aghayere


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