Mlima’s Tale

#6 MlimasTale
  • 05/03/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/04/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/05/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/06/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/07/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/11/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/12/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/13/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/14/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/18/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/19/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/20/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 05/21/2023 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $15-$40
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CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: The spirit of a male elephant named Mlima, killed by Kenyan poachers for his tusks, haunts this poignant account of the international black market and its deadly consequences. “Those of you who don’t believe in ghosts are likely to think again after seeing Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife,” wrote Ben Brantley in the New York Times . “Each character, inhabiting a rung on an ascending ladder of power, is very clearly defined but without grotesque caricature. (Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nottage) packs a wealth of cultural, political and economic detail into each scene, from Maasai superstitions to the statistics of the illegal ivory trade.” The play is based on “The Ivory Highway” by Damon Tabor, an article published in Mens Journal in 2014. According to 7 Stages, Director Lydia Fort visited Kenya to research the complex relationship of elephant poaching with life and society there. Fort began the trip in the Tsavo National Parks where Mlima was from, speaking with scientists, rangers, local organizations and community members. As a result, 7 Stages announced it will provide a free platform for an open dialogue related to the themes of Mlima’s Tale during the run, as well as a Service Saturday event, providing community resources and opportunities for action. A spokesperson added, “This poetic tale gives voice to the objects we consume, the lives we exploit, and the planet we put at risk.” — KCM

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Categories: Performing Arts
Mlima’s Tale, set for its Atlanta premiere at 7 Stages in May 2023, is the story of a well-known and beloved elephant in Kenya. He is one of the last “big tuskers” and, when he is killed by poachers, Mlima’s tusks pass through many hands in the international ivory trade.

As his prized tusks are trafficked, Mlima’s spirit haunts those that seek to profit from his death. Throughout the journey, Mlima is caught between yearning for his living kin and the ancestors awaiting him to join them. This poetic tale gives voice to the objects we consume, the lives we exploit, and the planet we put at risk.

The play is a tour-de-force for a cast of four actors who play all the people whose desire and greed fuel their acts of crime and corruption. Olubajo “Bajo” Sonubi stars as Mlima, with Christopher Hampton, Ryan Vo, and Antonia LaChe

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