Lynn Nottage’s “Mlima’s Tale” Receives 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Sound Design

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA'S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang

The world premiere of MLIMA’S TALE by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage has been nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, Outstanding Lighting Design (Lap Chi Chu), and Outstanding Sound Design (Darron L. West).

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Helmed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, the NYT Critic’s Pick features Sahr Ngaujah, who has been nominated for a 2018 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his portrayal of the title character, Ito Aghayere as Player 3, Jojo Gonzalez as Player 2 and Kevin Mambo as Player 1, has been extended an additional two weeks through Sunday, June 3. MLIMA’S TALE began previews on Tuesday, March 27 and opened on April 15.

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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.

Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, music composition and direction by Justin Hicks, and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (There is no performance on Sunday, April 29.)

Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Public Theater Partner, Supporter Member tickets, and full price tickets, starting at $65, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Jojo Gonzalez in Lynn Nottage’s MLIMA’S TALE at the Public
Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced; “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Mlima’s Tale,” “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” and “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” Among Nominated

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced; “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Mlima’s Tale,” “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” and “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” Among Nominated

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced its nominees for the 2017-18 season.

Celebrating its 68th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 7th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Iestyn Davies, Mark Rylance, Huss Garbiya, and Melody Grove in "Farinelli and the King". Joan Marcus
Iestyn Davies, Mark Rylance, Huss Garbiya, and Melody Grove in “Farinelli and the King”. Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Junk

The company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan
The company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Escape to Margaritaville
Frozen
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
SpongeBob SquarePants

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA'S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA’S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Admissions
Cost of Living
Hangmen
The Low Road
Mlima’s Tale

Chukwudi Iwuji and Crystal A. Dickinson. © Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji and Crystal A. Dickinson. © Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Cruel Intentions
Desperate Measures
Jerry Springer – The Opera
Miss You Like Hell
Woody Sez

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
The Company of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey – Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes – Miss You Like Hell
Kyle Jarrow – SpongeBob SquarePants
Peter Kellogg – Desperate Measures

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C, Jonathan Coulton, Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants

David Friedman & Peter Kellogg – Desperate Measures

Imogen Heap – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Quiara Alegría Hudes – Miss You Like Hell

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez – Frozen

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sean Carvajal, Edi Gathegi, Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio, Erick Betancourt End Extended Run in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Lobby Hero
Three Tall Women
Travesties

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carousel
My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES Featuring George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and More

Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Hailey Kilgore, and Tamyra Gray. Joan Marcus
Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Hailey Kilgore, and Tamyra Gray. Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Jo Bonney – Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott – Angels in America
Patrick Marber – Travesties
Joe Mantello – Three Tall Women
John Tiffany – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Michael Arden – Once on This Island
Bill Castellino – Desperate Measures
Tina Landau – SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw – Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher – My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Camille A. Brown – Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli – My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli – SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Peck – Carousel

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Miriam Buether – Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho – In the Body of the World
Christine Jones – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan – My Fair Lady
David Zinn – SpongeBob SquarePants

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Katrina Lindsay – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos – Once on This Island
Paloma Young – Time and the Conways
David Zinn – SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber – My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams – SpongeBob SquarePants
Neil Austin – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable – Angels in America
Paul Russell – Farinelli and the King
Lap Chi Chu – Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Tim Reid – 1984
Finn Ross – Frozen
Finn Ross – In the Body of the World
Finn Ross & Adam Young – Mean Girls
Finn Ross & Ash Woodward – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin – [Porto]
Fitz Patton – Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg – My Fair Lady
Darron L. West – Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Jason Robert Brown – Prince of Broadway
Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants
AnnMarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin – Once on This Island
Jonathan Tunick – Carousel
Claire Van Kampen – Farinelli and the King

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Sean Carvajal – Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Andrew Garfield – Angels in America
Tom Hollander – Travesties
Gregg Mozgala – Cost of Living
Michael Urie – The Government Inspector

MaameYaa Boafo and Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
MaameYaa Boafo – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Jessica Hecht – Admissions
Glenda Jackson – Three Tall Women
Lauren Ridloff – Children of a Lesser God
Katy Sullivan – Cost of Living

Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. Matthew Murphy
Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. Matthew Murphy

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Harry Hadden-Paton – My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry – Carousel
David M. Lutken – Woody Sez
Conor Ryan – Desperate Measures
Ethan Slater – SpongeBob SquarePants

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Lauren Ambrose – My Fair Lady
Erika Henningsen – Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore – Once On This Island
Taylor Louderman – Mean Girls
Patti Murin – Frozen

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Anthony Boyle – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn – Hangmen
Nathan Lane – Angels in America
David Morse – The Iceman Cometh
Paul Sparks – At Home at the Zoo

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jamie Brewer – Amy and the Orphans
Denise Gough – Angels in America
Harriet Harris – The Low Road
Laurie Metcalf – Three Tall Women
Mary Testa – The Government Inspector

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz – My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani – Carousel
Gavin Lee – SpongeBob SquarePants
Nick Wyman – Desperate Measures
Tony Yazbeck – Prince of Broadway

Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Kate Rockwell star in "Mean Girls." Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Kate Rockwell star in “Mean Girls.” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kerry Butler – Mean Girls
Lindsay Mendez – Carousel
Lauren Molina – Desperate Measures
Ashley Park – Mean Girls
Emily Skinner – Prince of Broadway

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Billy Crudup – Harry Clarke
Eve Ensler – In the Body of the World
Alison Fraser – Squeamish
John Lithgow – Stories By Heart
Sharon Washington – Feeding the Dragon

Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON Nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Kate Benson – [Porto]
Jocelyn Bioh – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Lindsey Ferrentino – Amy and the Orphans
Meghan Kennedy – Napoli, Brooklyn
Dominique Morisseau – Pipeline

Please Note: “The Band’s Visit” was nominated for and received multiple awards from the Outer Critics Circle last season and therefore was not considered again for this year.

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

SpongeBob SquarePants – 11; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – 10; My Fair Lady -9; Mean Girls – 8; Desperate Measures – 7; Angels in America – 6; Carousel – 6; Once On This Island – 6; Three Tall Women – 5; Cost of Living – 4; Frozen – 4; Prince of Broadway – 4; Farinelli and the King- 3; In the Body of the World– 3; Mlima’s Tale – 3; Miss You Like Hell – 3; Travesties – 3.

2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced including KPOP, “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” “Mary Jane,” “The Lucky Ones,” “Pipeline,” “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” and “Pacific Overtures” 

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MLIMA’S TALE Extends through June 3; Sahr Ngaujah Nominated for 2018 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Congratulations to Sahr Ngaujah who has been nominated for a 2018 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his portrayal of the title character in the world premiere of MLIMA’S TALE by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage at the Public.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Helmed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, the NYT Critic’s Pick, which also features Ito Aghayere as Player 3, Jojo Gonzalez as Player 2 and Kevin Mambo as Player 1, has been extended an additional two weeks through Sunday, June 3. MLIMA’S TALE began previews on Tuesday, March 27 and opened on April 15.

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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.

Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, music composition and direction by Justin Hicks, and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (There is no performance on Sunday, April 29.)

Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Public Theater Partner, Supporter Member tickets, and full price tickets, starting at $65, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Jojo Gonzalez in Lynn Nottage’s MLIMA’S TALE at the Public

Jojo Gonzalez in Lynn Nottage’s MLIMA’S TALE at the Public

Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
JoJo Gonzalez
JoJo Gonzalez

Jojo Gonzalez is currently featured in the world premiere of Mlima’s Tale, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage at the Public. This is his fifth show at the Public having previously appeared in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A and 365 Days/365 Plays, and Richard III.

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Nottage’s Mlima’s Tale takes us on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes around the world. The play follows 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.

We had a chance to chat after a preview performance over cocktails at The Library. In Mlima’s Tale, Gonzalez plays 5 very distinct characters – Geedi, Fu Goixi, Capt. Ramaaker, Thuy Fan and Li Jun.

Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Lia: What was the audition process for Mlima’s Tale?
Jojo: We were asked to prepare to do 4-5 different characters. Must have a difference in voice and physicality…but you didn’t know which ones you were going to be asked to do.

Lia: What has it been like to work with Lynn Nottage, your director Jo Bonney and castmates Ito Aghayere, Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah?
Jojo: Mind blowing. We all came in on the first read with very distinct, bold choices. Whether they were right or not did not matter because we needed to find those broad strokes from the get go. The rehearsal was quick. 2 weeks and then we went into tech. We were all still learning our lines and there were constant re-writes. In retrospect, the reason for jumping into tech after 2 weeks was because of the precision that we needed to go from one scene to the next with all the technical and artistic elements to make the storytelling clear. Switching from one character to another, one dialect to the next is quite the acting challenge. We’re all still tweaking. Jo Bonney is awesome in that she sees details that you may not be noticing. She challenges your choices constantly and pushing you to find them. She’s able to track nuance that is present in the other characters you play and helps you find very distinct ones for each of them.

Jojo Gonzalez and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lia: Of the 5 characters you play, who is your favorite?
Jojo: I like them all for different reasons. GEEDI- for his honor in spite of his circumstances and what he has to do for his;  Fu Goixi- for his lack of a greater sense of responsibility in spite of his position; Capt. Raamaker- because he tries too hard to be a person of honor and fails miserably in the face of adversity; Thuy Fan- for his unpredictability; and Li Jun- for his empty arrogance.

Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Lia: What is your take on the theme of the play?
Jojo: Our individual everyday actions and choices matter and affect all of us. So the question is, do we want to be part of the solution? Or do we want to be part of the problem?

 Jojo Gonzalez as Oscar in The Blacklist - "The Thrushes (No. 53)" (S4E06)  2016
Jojo Gonzalez as Oscar in The Blacklist – “The Thrushes (No. 53)” (S4E06)  2016

Gonzalez’s recent favorite roles on television include Oscar, a badass hitman, on “The Blacklist,” General Ramon Purisima in CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” and Gede in Hulu’s “The Path.”

Jojo Gonzalez as General Ramon Purisima in CBS's MADAM SECRETARY -- "Break in Diplomacy" (2017)
Jojo Gonzalez as General Ramon Purisima in CBS’s MADAM SECRETARY
— “Break in Diplomacy” (2017)

He can be seen as Agent Lopez in the upcoming Netflix release, “Maniac,” a new drama starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and helmed by Cary Fukunaga.

MLIMA’S TALE is currently in previews at the Public, and will open on Sunday, April 15. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (There is no 8:00 p.m. performance on Tuesday, April 10 or Sunday, April 29. There is an added performance on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.). Purchase tickets by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Brian Jose, Brian Kim, Lydia Gaston, JoJo Gonzalez, Ariel Estrada, Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Brian Jose, Brian Kim, Lydia Gaston, JoJo Gonzalez, Ariel Estrada, Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Jojo Gonzalez website

Photos: Ito Aghayere, Jojo Gonzalez, Kevin Mambo, and Sahr Ngaujah in MLIMA’S TALE at the Public
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Lia Chang and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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Photos: Ito Aghayere, Jojo Gonzalez, Kevin Mambo, and Sahr Ngaujah in MLIMA’S TALE at the Public

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA'S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to The Public with the world premiere of MLIMA’S TALE, new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play Sweat. 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.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of MLIMA’S TALE features Ito Aghayere (Player 3), Jojo Gonzalez(Player 2), Kevin Mambo (Player 1), and Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima).

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE began previews on Tuesday, March 27 and runs through May 20, with an official opening on Sunday, April 15 at The Public. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.

Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Ito Aghayere. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, music composition and direction by Justin Hicks, and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE opens on Sunday, April 15. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 31 and no 8:00 p.m. performance on Tuesday, April 10 or Sunday, April 29. There is an added performance on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.)

Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Public Theater Partner, Supporter Member tickets, and full price tickets, starting at $65, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Ito Aghayere and Kevin Mambo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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Sahr Ngaujah, Ito Aghayer, Jojo Gonzalez and Kevin Mambo Star in Lynn Nottage’s MLIMA’S TALE at The Public through May 20

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to The Public with the world premiere of MLIMA’S TALE, new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play Sweat. 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.

Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang

MLIMA’S TALE began previews on Tuesday, March 27 and runs through May 20, with an official opening on Sunday, April 15 at The Public. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.

Jojo Gonzalez, Lynn Nottage and Kevin Mambo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jojo Gonzalez, Lynn Nottage and Kevin Mambo. Photo by Lia Chang

The complete cast features Ito Aghayere (Player 3), Jojo Gonzalez (Player 2), Kevin Mambo (Player 1), and Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima). Check out pictures from rehearsal and go see the show.

Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus

MLIMA’S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, music composition and direction by Justin Hicks and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Ito Aghayere. Photo by Joan Marcus
Ito Aghayere. Photo by Joan Marcus 
Jojo Gonzalez and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jojo Gonzalez and Sahr Ngaujah. Photo by Joan Marcus
Justin Hicks. Photo by Joan Marcus
Justin Hicks. Photo by Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo. Photo by Joan Marcus
Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo. Photo by Joan Marcus
A "Ruined" reunion for Kevin Mambo, and Russell G. Jones, Kirya Yvonne Traber, Elz Cuya Jones and Lorraine Marasigan. Photo by Lia Chang
A “Ruined” reunion for Kevin Mambo, and Russell G. Jones, Kirya Yvonne Traber, Elz Cuya Jones and Lorraine Marasigan. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

Sahr Ngaujah, Jojo Gonzalez, Kevin Mambo and Ito Aghayer Set for World Premiere of Lynn Nottage’s MLIMA’S TALE at The Public, March 27 – May 20

Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) is presenting the world premiere of MLIMA’S TALE, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, MLIMA’S TALE continues The Public’s Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. MLIMA’S TALE begins performances on Tuesday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, May 20 in The Public’s Martinson Hall, with an official press opening on Sunday, April 15.

The complete cast of MLIMA’S TALE features Ito Aghayere (Player 3), Jojo Gonzalez (Player 2), Kevin Mambo (Player 1), and Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima).

Public Theater Partner, Supporter, and Member tickets are available now. Full price tickets, starting at $65, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

This season, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to The Public with a new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play Sweat. 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. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs this poignant new play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.

MLIMA’S TALE features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, original music by Justin Hicks and movement direction by Chris Walker.

Lynn Nottage (Playwright) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and a screenwriter whose work has been produced widely in the U.S. and throughout the world. Most recently, her play Sweat (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, OSF American Revolution Cycle Commission) appeared at The Public Theater and Broadway, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Her other plays include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk nom.); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lortel, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and OCC Award); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC Awards); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE); Crumbs from the Table of Joy. She recently produced and conceived of This Is Reading, a multi-media performance installation at the Franklin Street Railroad Station in Reading, PA. Nottage was a producer/director on the Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It” and co-founder of Market Road Films. Nottage is the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize and Lee Reynolds Award. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She is an Associate Professor at Columbia School of the Arts. She is an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory, a member of the Dramatists Guild and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jo Bonney (Director) has directed the Public Lab and main stage productions of Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), as well as Danny Hoch’s Some People, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss, Anna Deavere Smith’s House Arrest, Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, and Naomi Wallace’s Fever Chart at The Public. She has directed premieres of plays by Alan Ball, Eric Bogosian, Hammaad Chaudry, Culture Clash, Eve Ensler, Jessica Goldberg, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Martyna Majok, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Darci Picoult, Will Power, John Pollono, David Rabe, Universes, and Michael Weller. She has also directed productions of plays by Caryl Churchill, Nilo Cruz, Charles Fuller, Lisa Loomer, John Osborne and Lanford Wilson. She is the recipient of the 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction; Lucille Lortel Best Revival, Audelco Award for Father Comes Home, Lilly Award and is the editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).

Ito Aghayere
Ito Aghayere

Ito Aghayere (Player 3) has appeared on Broadway in Junk and Off-Broadway in Familiar (Playwrights Horizons), The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre), Three Days To See (New York Theatre Workshop/Transport Group), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth (Classic Stage Company). Her film and television credits include Logan Lucky, Goldie, “Instinct,” “Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Doubt,” “Master Of None,” “Braindead,” “The Knick,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Unforgettable,” “Forever.” Education: MFA, Columbia University; BA, Duke University. A 2016 Lucille Lortel Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Familiar).

JoJo Gonzalez
JoJo Gonzalez

Jojo Gonzalez (Player 2) has appeared at The Public in 365 Days/365 Plays, Richard III, F**king A, and Dogeaters. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); House Rules, The Romance Of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi); A Dream Play (Naatco). Regionally he has appeared in Our Town (Long Wharf), Silence Of God (Catf), and Dogeaters (La Jolla). His film and television credits include The Pirates Of Somalia (with Al Pacino), Going In Style (with Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine), The Smurfs Movie, “The Path,” “Seven Seconds,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blindspot,” “The Blacklist,” “Deadbeat.” He is the recipient of an Obie Award.

Kevin Mambo
Kevin Mambo

Kevin Mambo (Player 1) has appeared at The Public in The Fortress of Solitude and on Broadway in Fela! and The Color Purple. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Ruined, Hoodoo Love, Jailbait, The Last Detail, The Memory of Love’s Refrain, and The Convert. His select film and television credits include Cadillac Records, Nina, Rebel in the Rye, The Firing Squad, One of Us Tripped, “Luke Cage,” “Blacklist,” High Maintenance,” “Soul Food,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Deadline,” “Criminal Intent,” “Spin City,” “Happyish.” He has received three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and a Helen Hayes nomination.

Sahr Ngaujah
Sahr Ngaujah

Sahr Ngaujah (Mlima) originated the title role in Fela! Off-Broadway, Broadway and the in West End, earning Obie and Theater World Awards; Olivier, Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, Lortel and Drama League nominations. His Off-Broadway credits include Master Harold and the Boys, The Signature Theater One-Acts, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. His film and television credits include “Deception,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Last Resort,” “The Accidental Wolf,” Patti Cake$, Money Monster, Freeheld, Kensho at the Bedfellow, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Signal, and Stomp the Yard. He holds a Masters of Theatre from DasArts – Netherlands. His music credits include Fela aKUsTIc, Chop and Quench, Directors Band.

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THE PUBLIC is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. ww.publictheater.org

TICKET INFORMATION

MLIMA’S TALE begins performances in The Public’s Martinson Hall on Tuesday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, May 20 with an official press opening on Sunday, April 15. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m.performance on Saturday, March 31 and no 8:00 p.m. performance on Tuesday, April 10 or Sunday, April 29. There is an added performance on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.)

Public Theater Partner, Supporter, and Member tickets are available now. Full price tickets, starting at $65, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

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