Intiman artistic director Kate Whoriskey (The Miracle Worker), who also helmed the world premiere of Ruined at the Goodman Theatre and Off-Broadway, will direct the co-production that first plays the Intiman in Seattle, July 2-Aug. 8, followed by the Geffen in Los Angeles, Sept. 7-Oct. 17.
Originally presented by the Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club, Ruined opened Off-Broadway in 2009, where it extended eight times. Nottage's play earned unanimous praise in the press and garnered the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Portia, who assumed the role of brothel keeper Mama Nadi during the Off-Broadway run, will lead a cast that also features Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Salima), Cherise Boothe (Josephine), Russell G. Jones (Christian) and Condola Rashad (Sophie).
Newly added for the production are Tongayi Chirisa (Jerome Kisembe/Soldier), Carl Cofield (Fortune/Soldier/Miner), Simon Shabantu Kashama (Guitarist), Tom Mardirosian (Mr. Harari), Ron McBee (Pascal/Soldier), David St. Louis (Commander Osembenga/Soldier) and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Simon/Soldier/Miner/Aid Worker).
Original creative team members, including scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Paul Tazewell and lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, will recreate their work for the upcoming co-production. Warren Adams will choreograph. According to the Intiman: "The play is set in a small mining town in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mama Nadi both protects and profits from the young women who seek refuge in her rain forest bar and brothel. Expertly navigating relationships and politics, this remarkable story is rich with humor, music, hope and humanity."
In addition to earning the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined was presented with a host of honors including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Music for a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, two Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Play and Four OBIE Awards including Best New American Play.