Lynn Nottage’s 'Mlima’s Tale' at The Public Theater

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Lynn Nottage’s 'Mlima’s Tale' at The Public Theater

Reunites Alumni, Faculty and Students

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Columbia University School of the Arts Faculty Member Lynn Nottage returned to The Public Theater with her new drama, Mlima’s Tale. The production, directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, started previews on March 27 and opened on April 15. The limited engagement will be extended through June 3 at The Public’s Martinson Hall.

Join CAA Arts Access and Columbia University School of the Arts on May 23 for a Columbia night to see the show, followed by a talkback with Lynn Nottage, Ito Aghayere '02SOA, Linda Marvel, SOA Adjunct Faculty, and Janelle Caso '17SOA. The conversation will be moderated by Steven Chaikelson ‘89CC, ‘93SOA, ‘93LAW, Professor of Professional Practice, Head of Theatre Management & Producing Concentration at the School of the Arts. Event details can be found here.

“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 '17SOA. 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 '19SOA who has assisted at Signature Theater, Mint Theater, and Naked Angels.

Performing in the production is alumna Ito Aghayere '12SOA who just made her Broadway debut in Junk by Alumnus Ayad Akhtar '02SOA at the Vivian Beaumont. 

Read the full story on Columbia University School of the Arts site.