Ruined Gets Final Extension at MTC; Will Close Sept. 6

News   Ruined Gets Final Extension at MTC; Will Close Sept. 6
 
Manhattan Theatre Club announced the final extension for Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined, which now "must play its final performance" Sept. 6 at New York City Center – Stage I.

Ruined is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

This marks the eighth Off-Broadway extension for the production. By close, it will have played 22 preview performances and 238 regular performances.

Prior to moving to MTC, Ruined was a success at the Goodman, where the production opened in November 2008.

Ruined is the most acclaimed new play of 2009, having received the following awards: the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 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, Four OBIE Awards including Best New American Play and awards for current cast members Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Russell G. Jones, a Theatre World Award for cast member Condola Rashad and the Clarence Derwent Award for cast member Quincy Tyler Bernstine.

Commercial producers have circled the play, but no announcement of a future wider life for this production has been announced. From Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel and director Kate Whoriskey (The Piano Teacher, Fabulation), "comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war," according to MTC. "Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?"

Tickets for Ruined are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix at (212) 581-1212 and www.nycitycenter.org.

Tickets are $75. For information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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Nightingale (previously to arrive in February 2010) will be the first MTC Off-Broadway slot of the 2009-10 season, beginning previews Oct. 15 for a Nov. 3 opening. In the coming weeks, MTC will announce one more production for New York City Center – Stage I. That announcement will complete MTC's upcoming season which will include three productions at the Friedman Theatre and three productions at New York City Center.

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