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Performance Dates: January 26 – February 12, 2023

Performed at the Thomas and Deborah Keefe Playhouse at our usual location, the Murphey School Auditorium*

COVID Precautions for indoor events Beginning with our June, 2022 performances, we will require audience members to wear a high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) in lieu of checking vaccination status, and we will offer 3-ply surgical or KN95 masks to audience members as needed.

MLIMA’S TALE by Lynn Nottage / January 26 – February 12, 2023

Directed by Ana Radulescu

Thought Provoking ▪ Global Drama

There’s a ghost on the Ivory Highway. It follows the tusk of an elephant across thousands of miles, over land and sea, and feels each hand it touches along the way. Who is culpable in this underground global market? Can we learn from Mlima’s Tale?

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SPECIAL EVENT NIGHT: Join the NC Zoological Society for a night at the theatre on Saturday, February 11th (no extra charge). Staff of the NC Zoo will have a table set up in the lobby before the show at 7pm and participate in a talk back after.

Performed at the Thomas and Deborah Keefe Playhouse*, at our usual location, 224 Polk St. Raleigh, NC 27604

*Thomas and Deborah won naming rights to our theatre for one production.  We thank them for their generosity and thank everyone who participated in our annual fundraiser held in November 2022.

Director – Ana Radulescu
Choreographer – Willie Hinton
Production Stage Manager – Cynita Lew
Lighting Design – Christopher Popowich
Scenery Design – Xinuan Li
Properties Design – Joel Soren
Sound Design – Emma Hasselback
Scenic Charge – Meredith Riggan
Master Electrician – Barry Jaked
Dramaturg – Jordan Lichtenheld
Study Guide – Eric Kildow

Preston Campbell
Ada Chang
Sean “Ickye” Delgado-Cruz
Khalil LeSaldo*

*Denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association.

Tickets to a particular performance are subject to availability, and we recommend subscribers reserve tickets 48 hrs* in advance to guarantee their spot. Reserving your ticket means you’ll be on the check-in list for that performance. To reserve, please email your preferred performance date/time to: development@burningcoal.orgto reserve your ticket, or call the box office at (919) 834-4001. *Reservations made less than 48 hours in advance may not be entered in time!
If you did not make a reservation, please bring the subscriber card that was mailed to you for a quick verification at check-in. We will do our best to seat you.

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