Ruined to Make U.K. Premiere at London's Almeida

News   Ruined to Make U.K. Premiere at London's Almeida Lynn Nottage's Ruined, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will receive its U.K premiere at London's Almeida Theatre.
Condola Rashad, Cherise Boothe and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Ruined
Condola Rashad, Cherise Boothe and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Ruined Photo by Joan Marcus

No date has formally been announced yet, but a press representative for the theatre confirmed to Playbill.com that Ruined is likely to be seen in February or March of 2010. The play, which completed its final extension at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club Sept. 6 after beginning performances there Jan. 21, premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in November 2008. The play portrays the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 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?

Nottage's earlier play, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine — originally seen at Playwrights' Horizons in 2004 — was seen in Britain at London's Tricycle Theatre in 2006, where it was directed by Indu Rubasingham, who is reported to be on board to fulfill the same duties on Ruined.

Further details are still to be announced.

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