Ruined

Ruined

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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, 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.

Publisher: New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781559363556
Branch Call Number: 812.54 N918
Characteristics: xiii, 102 p. : music, ports.

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singasong70
Feb 23, 2017

Well written( first person) account of horrific experience, raises questions which have no answers "this side of Jordan" as they used to say; impressed with the fact she honored her parents no matter what, accepted their advice realizing the spirit in which it was intended. My only criticism would be meeting "available" men when she needed to meet them.

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