Pulitzer Winner Ruined Gets Seventh Extension at MTC, Now to Aug. 2

News   Pulitzer Winner Ruined Gets Seventh Extension at MTC, Now to Aug. 2
Manhattan Theatre Club announced yet another extension of its acclaimed production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined on June 4. The play about a seemingly fearless woman facing atrocities in civil war-torn Africa will play to Aug. 2 at MTC's Off-Broadway home at City Center.

Kate Whoriskey directs the co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

This marks the seventh New York extension for the production. By Aug. 2, it will have played 22 preview performances and 198 regular performances, making Ruined the longest-running production at Stage I since the 1992 production of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

Prior to becoming a hit at MTC, Ruined was a success at the Goodman, where the production opened in November 2008, received solid reviews from Chicago critics, and played an extended run at the Goodman's Owen Theatre.

In a statement, MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove said, "We are delighted to extend Ruined again thanks to the enormous response the production has received over the last 20 weeks at City Center – Stage I. Audiences have given Ruined standing ovations from its very first performance and we have been thrilled that the show has attracted the attention of a wide range of people including news commentators, celebrities, human rights groups, critics, and ticket buyers, many of whom aren't traditional theatregoers.

"Ruined has resonated with everyone who has seen it, becoming one of the most talked about plays of the season. We are extremely proud of Lynn, Kate, and our terrific ensemble and we look forward to having Ruined at City Center for the remainder of this record-breaking run." Ruined currently features Obie and Clarence Derwent Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe (King Hedley II at Signature), Chris Chalk (MTC's Defiance), William Jackson Harper (Queens Boulevard), Chiké Johnson (The Crucible at Steppenwolf), Obie Award winner and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Russell G. Jones, Simon Shabantu Kashama (Ruined at the Goodman), two-time Emmy Award winner Kevin Mambo ("The Guiding Light"), Tom Mardirosian (Wonderful Town, HBO's "Oz"), Ron McBee (The Colored Museum), Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominee Portia (Our Lady of 121st Street) and Theatre World Award winner and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Condola Rashad.

Ruined also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play; two Drama Desk Awards (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).

MTC bills the play as 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 ($75) for Ruined are available via New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix at (212) 581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.

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