Our journey begins when Mlima, one of the last great tusker elephants in Kenya, is killed by poachers. Caught in the clandestine international ivory market, Mlima travels across the world, forced along a trail of greed and desire as old as the trade itself; trapped between memory and fear, history and tradition, want and need. From two time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined), comes a mystical, lyrical ballad that gives voice to the objects we consume, the lives we exploit, and the planet we put at risk.  

About the playwright: Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award), which moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater, Mlima's Tale (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera at Lincoln Center. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA. She was writer/producer on the first season of Netflix series She's Gotta Have It directed by Spike Lee. Nottage is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artists Award and PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, among others.

"We often forget that we co-exist on this planet with other creatures who have beautiful stories that go largely untold. Mlima’s Tale is an attempt to give voice to a magnificent Elephant, one of the last great tuskers in Kenya, whose life is cut short by poachers.  I am very excited that Marin Theatre Company is sharing this mystical tale that drives home the consequences of poaching and the exploitation of wildlife on our planet."  —Lynn Nottage

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Performance Schedule

Press Opening Night 
Tuesday, Jun 23, 7:30pm.  
Opening nights are not available for sale online. 
Seating is extremely limited.   

Questions? Please contact the Box Office directly: 
(415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org 

Evenings
Tue - Sat 7:30pm   
Sunday Jun 28, 7:30pm

Matinees 
Sunday (Preview) Jun 21, 4pm     
Thursday (Perspectives) July 9, 1pm     
Saturdays, Jun 27, July 4 & 11, 2pm     
Sundays Jun 28, Jul 5 & 12, 2pm


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Previews $39 $39
Sat Eve & Weekend Matinees $60 55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $52 $47
Perspectives Matinee $52 $47
Best Deal (see info below) $25 $25

PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

Phone & online orders subject to a $6 fee per order.

Tickets are subject to resale starting 5 minutes before curtain. Late seating is based on available seats.

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Discounts

  • BEST DEAL: $25 tickets in select seats available for all performances beginning one week before opening night. Available online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208
  • GROUPS: Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. The group discount is automatically applied online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208.
  • SENIORS (65+): $4 off single tickets to all performances, available online.
  • UNDER 35: $25, all performances, available online.
  • TEENS: $10 tickets, all performances, available online.
  • EDUCATOR: $12 tickets, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.
  • MILITARY: $6 off all performances. Thank you for your service! Please call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.

Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability. Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.       Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.  Promo Codes do not apply to already discounted tickets (including Senior, Under 35, Teen, and Best Deal).


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MTC Engaged Special Events

WINDOW ON THE WORK

WINDOW ON THE WORK

Thurs., June 11 | 7:00 PM

Window on the Work series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

AFTER WORDS

AFTER WORDS

Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Young Professionals Night

Young Professionals Night

Wed, Jun 24 | 6:45pm

Pre-show networking reception with other young professionals and Bay Area theatre-goers, with complimentary beverages & snacks! At 7:10 PM, you can join our literary manager / resident dramaturg Laura Brueckner for a pre-show lecture in the theatre (optional) followed by the 7:30 PM performance of Mlima’s Tale

WEDNESDAY PRE-SHOW TALK

WEDNESDAY PRE-SHOW TALK

Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

PERSPECTIVES MATINEE

PERSPECTIVES MATINEE

Thurs., July 9 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM open-captioned performance.

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