Ruined

Ruined Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama A powerhouse drama Lynn Nottage s beautiful hideous and unpretentiously important play is a shattering intimate journey into faraway news reports Linda Wi

  • Title: Ruined
  • Author: Lynn Nottage
  • ISBN: 9781559363556
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama A powerhouse drama Lynn Nottage s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play is a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports Linda Winer, Newsday An intense and gripping new drama the kind of new play we desperately need well informed and unafraid of the world s brutalities Nottage is oneWinner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama A powerhouse drama Lynn Nottage s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play is a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports Linda Winer, Newsday An intense and gripping new drama the kind of new play we desperately need well informed and unafraid of the world s brutalities Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won t expect David Cote, Time Out New YorkA rain forest bar and brothel in the brutally war torn Congo is the setting for Lynn Nottage s extraordinary new play The establishment s shrewd matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already ruined by rape and torture when they were pressed into prostitution Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, Nottage has crafted an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song served alongside its postcolonial and feminist politics in the rich theatrical tradition of Bertolt Brecht s Mother Courage.Lynn Nottage s plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation, and Intimate Apparel, winner of the American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award and the Francesca Primus Prize Her plays have been widely produced, with Intimate Apparel receiving productions than any other play in America during the 2005 2006 season.

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    • Ruined is the 2009 Pulitzer winning drama by Lynn Nottage. I have now read three of Nottage's plays and been impressed by all of them. What a powerhouse of a playwright exposing those who follow her work to real issues in today's world. Ruined is a hauntingly chilling tale of life in the Republic of the Congo during the ongoing fighting that occurs there. It focuses on the rape of young girls by soldiers on both sides of the conflict and how one woman has created a brothel as both a way station [...]


    • Playwright Lynn Nottage won her first Pulitzer Prize for this play, commissioned by and premiered in November 2008 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The back of the book reproduces the songs created for the play, musical composition by Dominic Kanza, lyrics by Nottage. The music for “You Come Here to Forget” is fast, using lots of black keys, while “A Rare Bird” has a chord-heavy left hand and a thinly-picked out treble overlaid. The set for this play is a seedy, well-used bar in a smal [...]


    • This play is far more powerful in production than on the page, yet reading it still gives a searing glimpse into the difficulties Congolese women are facing in their country’s civil war, a convoluted, vicious conflict in which rape is systematically – and pervasively – used as a weapon. Drawing on her extensive interviews with victims/survivors, Lynn Nottage presents a tale of such suffering that it seems like a warped horror story from another time period or, we could wish, another planet [...]


    • The winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play is a difficult yet important read.I use a cell phone. Maybe you do too. There are so many ethical issues concerning how and where and by whom our gadgets and products are manufactured. Coltan, a mineral mined in the Congo and used in cell phones, is partly the cause of the ongoing war in the region. This play sheds some light on the collateral damage of devices upgraded often, and one we take for granted.Inspired by interviews the author [...]


    • 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. The play is set in a brothel/bar run by the hard-as-nails Mama Nadi. She’s a no-nonsense woman, perfectly capable of getting right into the faces of armed soldiers to make sure they follow her rules: They must take their bullets out of their guns before entering the bar. No brawls. And absolutely no talk whatsoever about the bloody war that gets c [...]


    • Really strong writing. And the ending is such a powerful image!That said, I LOVE reading plays, but I believe they are almost always better performed. Here, this holds true. Some of the character dynamics would likely be better explored on the stage (with physical space and spoken dialogue to play with) than on paper.Full review to come!


    • My interest in this play stems from ongoing reading about women in the Congo as well as this author's (Lynn Nottage) trip to Uganda. Her interviews with Ugandan war victims not only informed the play, but tightens the distance between news reports and actual testimonials about what happens to women there. Ruined means that a woman is so brutally raped that she cannot even turn to prostitution to support herself (which could be a 'logical' choice following the rejection by her community and famil [...]


    • A brothel stands on the edge of the war where generals, government officers and rebels walk in and have a drink or women. The war has torn apart civilians and the villages are pillaged. Violence against women is the norm and brutal rape victims find themselves rejected by their families for no fault of theirs. One such girl enters this brothel whose life had existed within stringent village boundaries. One fateful encounter with rebels, she was "ruined". A variant of this society exists where I [...]


    • Incredibly powerful piece on the lives of women during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a topic western media completely ignores. It was fascinating and devastating. I only give 4 stars though because there is something that bothers me a little bit about the fact that Nottage went to the Congo and interviewed these women about their deeply personal stories about sexual assault during war time and then profited on them in a play that graphically depicts said assault multiple [...]


    • Ruined is an example of writing trying to expose a part of the world without casting a judgement on it. Ruined takes place in a whorehouse in Congo, where daily life is a struggle for survival on the most basic level. There are warring factions that waver in their power, and to survive, people must play both sides. Mama Nadi is the proprietor of the house, and the play opens on a day when her friends brings his niece and a few other girls to the house to work. Only his niece, Sophie, has been "r [...]


    • I don't like horrible things -- they make me cringe. I acknowledge what goes on in the rest of the world but if I try to bear the weight too long then I know it will crush me flat. I don't understand, then, what is very positive about story.There is only one moment of anything positive in the whole play and it comes at the very end, the rest of the story has moments of levity from the horror but the horror is always there. Ultimately where will Mama's business go? She is broke and no one comes t [...]


    • In a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mama Nadi reluctantly agrees to take on the responsibility for two girls, Sophie and Salima, because her favorite traveling salesman Christian begs her to. He bribes her with Belgian chocolates and tells her their backstories: Salima was the concubine of rebel soldiers, ripped away from her husband and family and village. Sophie is "ruined," which means her genitals are mutilated from a violent rape. Mama Nadi runs a brothel/bar tha [...]


    • Inspired by Brecht's Mother Courage, and researched by interviewing women in the Eastern Congo, this 2009 Pulitzer winner for drama is a searing look at the the lives and survival of women in conflict. Mama Nandi keeps a bar/brothel of women fed and alive despite the shifting and fragile authority of rebel and government forces over the miners who are systematically destroying the land to yield coltan and diamonds. Some of the women, like Salima, escaped from captivity as a sex slave in a rebel [...]


    • Not bad in anyway, just not as impressive as I hoped it would be. I like the concept, but at times the execution seems a little trite. Actually, most of these "topical" kinds of plays- though sad and engaging, seem to have many of the same elements. Maybe that tells us something about mankind. I enjoyed the characters and the story is interesting, but it just wasn't all that much. Perhaps, as with most plays it is better to see it performed than to just read it.


    • It was such a tragic drama to read. Every word of dialogue and stage direction hit me like a staccato. It was about human trafficking in the Dominion Republic of the Congo. I wished I had the privilege to witness this great drama on the stage. And also listen to the music. I loved how they provided the whole package.


    • I read this play in one sitting. I spent most of that time with my jaw open, because it is just OVERWHELMINGLY sad. But I thank Lynn Nottage for writing a play about the violence against women in the Congo - and another play that black folk like me can be in.


    • I needed to read this for a writing class concerned with dramatic structure. This is a devastating play with air-tight structure. I loved it on many levels.


    • Sometimes, what happens to someone else, somewhere else, is relegated to "history," or "current events." Terrible things, like women kidnapped and raped for months or years by whichever soldiers have taken over their town, mutilated by their rapists with weapons (but to be honest, everything used in an assault is a weapon). Whole villages are destroyed, decimated by large equipment and greedy people. Villagers are displaced, chaos reigns, pain emanates from people of all ages.This is the story L [...]


    • I don't really see this as a play. Let me explain, it would have been better having a narrator going through these girls minds, telling you how they were felling and how these conflicts affect them mentally, is very plain this way. Instead of that, there are three or four monologues in which the girls share their experience during the conflict. And, I would like to compare it with a spanish play. There isn't any action in the play, of If is it, there is very little. I'm used to read spanish play [...]


    • A group of women survives in a chaotic East African warzone lead by Mama, their leader, and Madam. Rebel leaders, government militia fanatics and a host of fortune hunters all converge on Mama's brothel to find each other and some sense of sanity. Lynn Nottage shows that even a depressing circumstance like the violence of an African civil war can bring forth humanity and redemption. The characters are vibrant and the impulse to survive shines through. I got a lot from reading this play. Recommen [...]


    • An excellent play about Mama, a brothel owner in the easter DRC during the mineral conflicts. She does whatever she can to hold on to her piece of something, hoping one day to secure a place that can't be taken away. During this play, the hard-nosed business woman comes to protect a traumatized young woman who was "ruined" -- not just gang-raped, but mutilated also. Acutely observed and emotionally insightful.




    • It was fine. Nothing spellbinding. Maybe with really good actors, it would feel like a really good play.The Congo, ruined - women. Power.





    • Painful, brutal, unbearable, and apparently everyday violence. Helpful to read the director's notes about her experience in Uganda.


    • Wow.This play starts off just a little slow, but once it get's going watch out. Intensely powerful and heart breaking account of Congolese rebel warfare and corrupt government forces through the eyes of a whorehouse. The regularity with which the characters treat truly disturbing events gives a glimpse at the scale of human suffering.The "Mama" character really struck me, as she was very rugged and necessarily battle tested through almost the entire play. Mama clearly cares for her girls, but as [...]


    • A heroic act is most often defined as a courageous deed done at great personal risk that helps save the lives of others, and Lynn Nottage and the women of her 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined deserve attention for bravely sharing a difficult and brutal story and advocating for the cessation of a little talked about weapon of modern warfare: rape.Ruined is set in Mama Nadi’s bar and brothel in the Congolese rain forest, where the shrewd proprietor, Mama Nadi serves Rebel and Government m [...]


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