Lynn Nottage’s 'Mlima’s Tale' Reunites Alumni, Faculty and Students

April 1, 2018

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Faculty Member Lynn Nottage just returned to The Public Theatre with her new drama, Mlima’s Tale. The production, directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, started previews on March 27th and opens on April 15th. The limited engagement is scheduled through May 20 at The Public’s Martinson Hall.


“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,” according to the play's description. 


Working on the production is also Adjunct Faculty Member, Linda Marvel who is the Production Stage Manager, and Assistant Stage Manager Alumna Janelle Caso '17. Marvel's credits include Finding Neverland, Fela, Noises Off, Side Show, Hands on a Hard Boy and 33 Variations. Caso was also Production Assistant on Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Assisting Lynn Nottage is Current Student Elizabeth Frankel '19 who has assisted at Signature Theater, Mint Theater, and Naked Angels.


Performing in the production is Alumna Ito Aghayere '12 who just made her Broadway debut in Junk by Alumnus Ayad Akhtar '02 at the Vivian Beaumont. Aghayere's credits includes Danai Gurira’s Familiar, appearances in Classic Stage Company’s The Tempest, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as a run at Signature Theatre. She’s crossed over to the screen, too, working on Logan Lucky and television’s Elementary, Master of None, Orange is the New Black, and more.


Lynn Nottage's Sweat also had its premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway and winning the Pulitzer Price for drama, an Obie Award and earning a Tony Award nomination for best play. Other credits include: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!.  Nottage is also working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera, commissioned by The Met/LCT.


Tickets for Mlima's Tale can be found here