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Mlima’s Tale

Featuring Brian Bose, Katie Bradley, Joy Dolo, Clay Man Soo and Will Sturdivant

This enthralling play by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined and Sweat, centers on the ivory trade, following the tusks and spirit of a poached elephant—the magnificent Mlima—from his home in Kenya through Vietnam and then China. Nottage tells the fascinating story in a daringly original way, asking us to reflect on the collective consequences of human action.

Themes

  • Mlima, the elephant that is brutally killed early in the play, remains a visible (and sometimes audible) presence throughout. From that point on, whenever a character reveals, touches or somehow interacts with the ivory tusks, Mlima is there in place of the tusks. Furthermore, he leaves a visible mark upon all those who are complicit in the ivory trade, whether directly or indirectly. Why do you think the playwright chose to present Mlima in this way, after his death?
  • The play highlights the wide range of places and people involved in the ivory trade. Each person has their own reasons (often selfish, occasionally selfless?) for their involvement. How might we bring this kind of nuanced perspective to other important issues in today's world?
Contains mature themes, including implied yet visceral animal violence. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Sunday, February 12 2023 at 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 12 2023 at 7:00 pm

In partnership with

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

Additional Information

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Mlima’s Tale

Sunday, February 12 2023 at 2:00 pm

In partnership with

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Childcare is available for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.

Featuring Brian Bose, Katie Bradley, Joy Dolo, Clay Man Soo and Will Sturdivant

This enthralling play by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined and Sweat, centers on the ivory trade, following the tusks and spirit of a poached elephant—the magnificent Mlima—from his home in Kenya through Vietnam and then China. Nottage tells the fascinating story in a daringly original way, asking us to reflect on the collective consequences of human action.

Themes

  • Mlima, the elephant that is brutally killed early in the play, remains a visible (and sometimes audible) presence throughout. From that point on, whenever a character reveals, touches or somehow interacts with the ivory tusks, Mlima is there in place of the tusks. Furthermore, he leaves a visible mark upon all those who are complicit in the ivory trade, whether directly or indirectly. Why do you think the playwright chose to present Mlima in this way, after his death?
  • The play highlights the wide range of places and people involved in the ivory trade. Each person has their own reasons (often selfish, occasionally selfless?) for their involvement. How might we bring this kind of nuanced perspective to other important issues in today's world?
Contains mature themes, including implied yet visceral animal violence. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance.

Additional Information

Here is info about some of the impacts of elephant poaching (contains graphic images):