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Public Theater [Martinson Theater] (New York, NY)
425 Lafayette Street


Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm

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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.

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BWW Morning Brief June 2nd, 2017 - STARS IN THE ALLEY, Drama Desk Awards and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 2, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: Tituss Burgess hosts today's 2017 STARS IN THE ALLEY concert, while Michael Urie returns as host of this year's Drama Desk Awards on Sunday! (more...)

Richard Nelson's ILLYRIA, Lynn Nottage's MLIMA'S TALE, UNDER THE RADAR and More Among Public Theater's 50th Anniversary Season at Astor Place
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work at 425 Lafayette. (more...)

Public Theater Announces Casting for Lynn Nottage's MLIMA'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the world premiere of Mlima's Tale, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. 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. Mlima's Tale begins performances on Tuesday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, May 20 in The Public's Martinson Hall, with an official press opening on Sunday, April 15. (more...)