Pulitzer Winner Ruined Gets Six Extra Weeks at MTC

By Kenneth Jones
30 Apr 2009

Condola Rashad, Cherise Boothe and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Ruined
Condola Rashad, Cherise Boothe and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Ruined
Photo by Joan Marcus

Manhattan Theatre Club will extend its hot-selling production of Lynn Nottage's Ruined an additional six weeks, to June 28, following the play's recent win of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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 available via New York City Center box office, CityTix at (212) 581-1212 and www.nycitycenter.org.

Tickets for Ruined are $75. For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.