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doc Æ Ruined AUTHOR Lynn Nottage ✓ Paperback ☆ Lynn Nottage ☆ 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 W YorkA 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 engross This play is far powerful in production than on the page yet reading it still gives a searing glimpse into the difficulties Congolese women are facing in their country’s civil war a convoluted vicious conflict in which rape is systematically – and pervasively – used as a weapon Drawing on her extensive interviews with victimssurvivors Lynn Nottage presents a tale of such suffering that it seems like a warped horror story from another time period or we could wish another planet Yet it’s a frighteningly immediate story – variations of the drama are being enacted in real life every day Also the mineral at the center of the war coltan is fought over partly because it’s an essential component of cell phones In an oddly disconcerting way every one of us has a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sitting on our desk or in our purse I’m not prone to displaced guilt but you have to admit it gives one pauseThe play takes place in a barbrothel at the edge of a war zone and presents widely disparate characters – insurgents government soldiers prostitutes international traders and villagers But at the center is Mama Nadi the commanding owner and madam One day she might be serving the insurgents the next she might be entertaining the government soldiers but her establishment is a neutral zone and everyone checks his bullets at the door Mama’s forceful personality and euivocal ethics encapsulate the muddy moral mess of war as well as the resilience of human nature You know a world in which a brothel is a retreat and working in a brothel a girl’s best hope is not going to be a pretty one But however horrific and alien the circumstances the characters in the play grab you with their humanity and they force you to relate to that shared humanity by witnessing assaults against it and at times triumphs of it I saw Ruined performed in the round which means you could see through the actors and on stage drama to rows of other theatre goers This had the benefit of almost superimposing the action onto the audience; I simultaneously watched the actions of people halfway around the world and the reactions of people like me The odd unity of actors and audience was suitable for a play full of alien and shared experience Casual references to witch doctors and spats over nail polish occur in the same scene; the foreign and familiar are not mutually exclusive and neither are unspeakable abuse and the possibility of healing At the end of the play half the audience was smiling and breathing an audible “Ahhh” while the other half didn’t even applaud because they were still wiping their eyesthe combination of brutality and humanity is uite unsettling However I’d definitely wait to see it performed rather than read it – while it’s powerful it’s no Streetcar

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Ing 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 CourageLynn 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 productions than any other play in America during the 2005 2006 seaso This play deals with war ravished Congo We get the voice of the women affected by the war and how it damages the soul and the spirit I didn't find this one as powerful as the first play I read by her Sweat but it is an important play

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Ruined AUTHOR Lynn NottaWinner 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 Ne Set against the backdrop of the Congolese Civil War Ruined powerfully dramatizes the costs of the conflict for civilian women caught in the middle of batting factions The fast paced drama follows the matron of a bar and brothel Mama Nadi as she struggles to protect from harm her ten workers who have run away from their hometowns after surviving sexual violence and abuse often at the hands of soldiers In an attempt to make the bar a neutral zone in the midst of war Mama forbids talk of politics and welcomes those on all sides of the conflict; across two short but heart wrenching acts the play charts the tragic collapse of her effort to foster peace and safety