Lynn Nottage’s new play, Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club, 3/8/09), rewrites Mother Courage and Her Children in the context of war in the. Complete summary of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Ruined. From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of.

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She is intensely moral and political, populating her plays with characters who violently disagree about the world and forcing her audience to think dialectically. In the opening scenes, we are introduced to two teenage girls who have been brutalized, and are now brought into Mama Nadi’s brothel as potential products; the charming ‘pimp’ has to negotiate especially hard to convince Mama Nadi to take on the ruined girl: Retrieved from ” https: Linda Winer theater criticNewsday. I use a cell phone.

Clum chair, department of theater studiesDuke University. I was surprised by the number of women who readily wanted to share their stories.

Some of the women, like Salima, escaped from captivity as a sex slave tuined a rebel Inspired by Brecht’s Mother Courage, and researched by interviewing women in the Eastern Congo, this Pulitzer winner for drama is a searing look at the the lives and survival of women in conflict.

View all 6 comments. Ruined is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Lynn Nottage about the plight of women in the civil war ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On Lynn Nottage’s Ruined

Sep 15, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the ending is such a powerful image! The horrors abound and if I look at my experience reading Ruined and ask, nittage was it? The power of words really shines through in the monologues – so descriptive that you don’t have to see the atrocities to feel repelled and horrified by them.


Theatre Communications Group has published the script.

Few American dramatists aspire to such a panoramic view of the world or manage it so engagingly. And also listen to the music. Aug 02, Si Squires-Kasten rated it it was amazing Shelves: In recent nottatethe Pulitzer lnn has rejected out of hand any shortlisted plays that didn’t fit the bill. Nothing may rattle Mama, but the girls she employes are fragile and shattered.

This play deals with war-ravished Congo. Topics Theatre Theatre blog. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Stage directions allow us to picture this play as it unfolds, to imagine actors, to envision our own rage. Violence against women is the norm and brutal rape victims find themselves rejected by their families for no fault lgnn theirs. See all winners. Perhaps not coincidentally Ruined premiered during the same months that Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, became president of the U.

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Jul 30, Elizabeth A rated it really liked it Shelves: The heat is made apparent by the repeated calls for a cold drink, whether beer or Fanta is a matter of some debate. What a powerful narrative to tell the story of women who are tired of their bodies becoming battlegrounds, but keep their strength and fight for their freedom, autonomy, home, and their hopes. But at the center is Mama Nadi, the commanding owner and madam.

And absolutely no talk whatsoever about the bloody war that gets clo Ruined is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Lynn Nottage about the plight of women in the civil war ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo.


At the time of the interview she still had not learned the whereabouts of her husband and two children. She doesn’t give in to the temptation to exoticise her subject matter or stereotype characters; rather, she offers clear-eyed, nuanced portraits of the bar girls and their soldier patrons.

Abducted and repeatedly raped by soldiers, rejected afterward by her family and her village for bringing shame on them, Salima still hopes for a reconciliation with her husband.

She is addicted to excursions and research, which she blames, in part, for her being so unprolific: Here is a play about gender inequality that transcended such issues as pay differentials and glass ceilings and old-boy networks—the stuff we Westerners got anxious or angry or organizing tea-parties.

Rebel leaders and government soldiers make their way through this place, and there is constant tension throughout the play on whether Mama Nadi will get caught playing both nottagge the warring factions. When Daddy tells the outraged black girls to calm down and take a seat, one of them retorts: She delivers on those promises.

It was her second journey to East Africa. There are vivid characters here with dialogue that rings true.

Structurally, the big-boned, big-cast Ruined is just the sort of play that the Pulitzer board likes. The story reminds me of the many women of war-torn nations who remarkably and admirably manage to regain or find new strength and carry on.

She loves to pair odd couples.