By Kenneth Jones
30 Apr 2009
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Kate Whoriskey directs the drama about a fierce saloon owner, Mama Nadi, who also rents out women in an effort to control the violence against them in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
This marks the sixth extension of the Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre co-production, which is currently playing New York City Center – Stage I at 131 West 55th Street.
Ruined also received five Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding New Play; five Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding Off-Broadway Play; two Drama League nominations; and three Lucille Lortel Award nominations.
Nottage is the Obie Award-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel. According to MTC, Ruined is a "haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. 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 $75. For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.