1st Stage Extends Critically Acclaimed Mlima's Tale

Sep 21, 2022
Mlima's Tale at 1st Stage Theatre

1st Stage has announced the extension of Mlima's Tale, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Jose Carrasquillo. This remarkable regional premiere and Pulitzer Prize winner will now run through October 9.

MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Nottage gives us the story of Mlima, an elderly "big tusker" elephant from a protected reserve in Kenya. When Mlima is poached for his glorious ivory tusks, those tusks begin a journey across the world, introducing us to a string of characters, each with their own goals and struggles surrounding the ivory trade. In every scene, Mlima's magnificent presence hovers in the background, lending the weight of his history to this beautiful story.

Mlima's Tale stars Jeremy Keith Hunter as Mlima, with Deidra LaWan Starnes, Shaquille Stewart, and Andrew V. Ly playing rich and diverse ensemble roles. The show features set design by Giorgos Tsappas, lighting design by Sarah Tundermann, sound design by David Lamont Wilson, projection design by Jon Roberts, and costume design by Moyenda Kulemeka.