Professor Lynn Nottage’s 'Mlima’s Tale' casts Ito Aghayere '12

February 10, 2018

The Public Theatre just announced the cast for the upcoming world premiere of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Faculty Member Lynn Nottage’s Mlima's Tale. Alumna Ito Aghayere '12 will play the role of Player 3, joined by Jojo Gonzalez (Small Mouth Sounds) as Player 2, and Kevin Mambo (The Fortress of Solitude) as Player 1. Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah, who originated the title role in Fela! Off-Broadway, Broadway and in the West End is set to play the title role. The production is directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney.


Headshot of Lynn Nottage

Professor Lynn Nottage


“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 Public Theatre. Previews begin March 27 and the limited engagement is scheduled through May 20 in The Public’s Martinson Hall. Mlima's Tale continues The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown location on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work and the 50th Anniversary of Hair.


Headshot of Ito Aghayere

Ito Aghayere '12


Alumna Ito Aghayere made her Broadway debut in Ayad Akhtar’s new play Junk  and her credits include Danai Gurira’s Familiar, appearances in Classic Stage Company’s The Tempest, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing, and 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.


Nottage's credits include, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Tony nomination, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), 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.


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