Ruined

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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.”—Linda Winer, Newsday

“An intense and gripping new drama . . . the kind of new play we desperately need: well-informed and unafraid of the world’s brutalities. Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart,...

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Overview

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.”—Linda Winer, Newsday

“An intense and gripping new drama . . . the kind of new play we desperately need: well-informed and unafraid of the world’s brutalities. Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won’t expect.”—David Cote, Time Out New York

A rain forest bar and brothel in the brutally war-torn Congo is the setting for Lynn Nottage’s extraordinary new play. The establishment’s shrewd matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already “ruined” by rape and torture when they were pressed into prostitution. Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, Nottage has crafted an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song served alongside its postcolonial and feminist politics in the rich theatrical tradition of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage.

Lynn Nottage’s plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation, and Intimate Apparel, winner of the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg New Play Award and the Francesca Primus Prize. Her plays have been widely produced, with Intimate Apparel receiving more productions than any other play in America during the 2005-2006 season.

2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Winner!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559363693
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 982,354
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Nottage's plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize and the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her plays have been produced at theatres throughout the country, with Intimate Apparel slated for more productions than any other play during the 2005-2006 season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    OTHER SIDE OF LAKE

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    A true work of art

    Nottage wove so much of her protest against human violation rights in the congo into her play. This play needs to be savored, and slowly absorbed. When you read this book, don't feel bad for her characters; she once said "My play is not about victims, it's about survivors." Women who are forced into such horrific circumstances and end up being independent are truly survivors.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Read this!

    Of course, theater is meant to be seen, but read this! We all need to look beyond our borders to see what else is happening out in the world, because beyond the veil of stuff and noise that surrounds us, these issues, these far off stories, are part of us. We are participants and it is imperative that we understand this. This play has a truth that goes beyond its locality.

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