With Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Ruined"
The Huntington Theatre Company continues
its 29th season with "Ruined," Lynn
Nottage's gripping drama about finding courage, humor and hope
in the midst of the Congo civil war. Directed by South Africa native Liesl
Tommy, performances are set for January 7 – February 6.
The ensemble cast features Tonye Patano (Showtime’s
of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Ruined"
was extended multiple times Off Broadway and earned an Obie Award,
the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama
Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best
Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). "Ruined" is
a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley
The cast at the Huntington features Oberon K.A.
Adjepong, Pascale Armand , Jason Bowen, Carla Duran , Wendell Franklin,
Zainab Jah , Joseph Kamal , Adesoji Odukogbe, Kola Ogundiran, Okieriete
Onaodowan, Tonye Patano, Adrian Roberts, and Alvin Terry.
In 2004, Nottage traveled to East Africa to interview Congolese women
fleeing the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
She commented, “I was fueled by my desire to tell the story of war,
but through the eyes of women, who as we know rarely start conflicts but
inevitably find themselves right smack in the middle of them. I was interested
in giving voice and audience to African women living in the shadows of
war. I knew their stories weren’t being heard. I wanted to understand
who they were beyond their status as victims. I was surprised by the number
of women who readily wanted to share their stories, and by the end of
the interviews, I realized that a war was being fought over the bodies
of women. Rape was being used as a weapon to punish and destroy communities.”
In "Ruined," savvy business woman Mama Nadi knows how to survive
in the midst of the Congo civil war: don’t take sides. She sells
beers, and girls at her bar and brothel to any man who'll leave his gun
at the door, shrewdly keeping the peace among the warring sides. Miners,
merchants, and government and rebel soldiers drink, dance, and choose
from her women, many “ruined” by rape and torture before they
were pressed into prostitution. The good-time atmosphere of the canteen
and Mama Nadi’s sharp wits can’t always protect her and her
girls, but their courage, humor, and hope live on as they seek a path
to the future in this gripping drama.
"Ruined" premiered in London at the Almeida Theatre
in April 2010 and is touring several U.S. regional theatres in 2010-2011.
Nottage's other plays include "Intimate Apparel"
(New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout
Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory); "Fabulation, or
The Re-Education of Undine" (Obie Award; Playwrights Horizons,
London’s Tricycle Theatre); "Crumbs from the Table
of Joy;" "Las Meninas;" "Mud, River, Stone;"
"Por’knockers;" and "POOF!."
Her many honors include the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright
Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award,
the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American
Play, the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,”
the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting
Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting,
and the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama.
Variety called "Ruined" “A work
that speaks eloquently of the monstrous acts bred by war, and of the courage
and compromises required to survive them" while The Wall Street
Journal added “'Ruined' leaves no doubt that the author
is one of the best playwrights that we have.”
Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois said, “The
first time I saw 'Ruined,' I was simply unable to hold back tears. Lynn
Nottage has created an astonishing, enduring piece of writing that should
be seen by everyone. The play is unflinching, emotionally cathartic, and
Out & About Club
Thursday, January 13, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join GLBT audience members at a post-show party. Use code OUT to purchase
discounted tickets at $40 to this performance online.
Friday, January 14, 10 a.m. performance
Friday, January 21, 8 p.m. performance
For Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. To learn more, call 617 273-1558.
Friday, January 14, 10 a.m. performance
Saturday, January 20, 2 p.m. performance
For blind and low-vision patrons. To learn more, call 617 273-1558.
Friday, January 14, following the 10 a.m. performance
Thursday, January 20, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Wednesday, February 2, following the 2 p.m. performance
Participating cast members answer questions from the audience.
Sunday, January 23, following the 2 p.m. performance
A post-performance talk exploring the context and significance of the
Post-Show Audience Conversation
Following most performances, Huntington staff-led post-show audience conversations
will be co-facilitated by local scholars, aid workers, journalists, and
other experts on the issues featured in the play. After most Tuesday -
Friday, Saturday matinee, and Sunday matinee performances throughout the
season. Free with a ticket to the performance.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 264 Huntington
Avenue , call 617-266-0800, or visit huntingtontheatre.org.