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In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.


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Single Tickets for MTC's New York City Center Productions Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2008

Single tickets for Manhattan Theatre Club's productions at New York City Center, including the announced productions of ROMANTIC POETRY, Ruined, and BACK BACK BACK, are on sale now. (more...)

Homeless-Themed 'Dreams of Home' 3-Weeks at CenterStage NY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2007

This Fall, Monarch Theatre Company will present the US premiere production of Dreams of Home, a provocative, poetic and poignant play by acclaimed playwright Migdalia Cruz. Performances begin Wednesday October 24 through Sunday November 11, in a special three-week engagement at CenterStage NY. (more...)

'Noises Off' Presented at Cleveland Play House October 3rd-26th
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2008

Award-winning director David H. Bell orchestrates the mayhem and directs a nationally acclaimed cast which includes Play House alumni Donald Carrier ('Lincolnesque') as Frederick Fellowes and Cassandra Bissel ('Pride & Prejudice') as Poppy Norton-Taylor. 'Noises Off,' a co-production with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, begins previews on Friday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 26, 2008. (more...)

O'Neill's 'A Moon for the Misbegotten'
by Beau Higgins - Sep 19, 2008

'A Moon for the Misbegotten,' written between 1941-1943 was performed for the first time in Columbus, Ohio in 1947. The play premiered on Broadway in 1957 and has been revived four times, winning multiple Tony Awards. The most recent production starring Kevin Spacey and Eve Best in 2007 came to Broadway after its run at the Old Vic Theatre in London. (more...)

Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln: Character AssassinAsylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln: Character Assassin
by Michael Dale - Sep 18, 2006

Given a fine and well-sung premiere production by The York Theatre, this new musical about the widowed first lady is by turns engaging in its successes and frustrating in its failures (more...)

New Book of Theatre Incidents & Accidents Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2006

Stop the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents in the Theatre by Brad Schreiber was released by Thunder's Mouth Press this month (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Michelle Aravena of 'A Chorus Line'GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Michelle Aravena of 'A Chorus Line'
by Adrienne Onofri - Oct 4, 2006

Rejected at her first audition, Michelle fought her way into the Chorus Line and is now covering Diana and three other roles. (more...)

The World Premiere of Ruined at Goodman Theatre!The World Premiere of Ruined at Goodman Theatre!
by Chicago News Desk - Oct 24, 2008

Set in the present-day DRC, Ruined is the captivating story of Mama Nadi (Ekulona), the owner of a canteen who serves up everything from a cold beer and a warm meal-to the company of a woman. Through the eyes of this savvy businesswoman who both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds, Nottage captures the constantly shifting allegiances and tragic absurdity that marks the civil war in the DRC. Ruined, rendered with Nottage's trademark humanity, clarity and surprising humor, gives a glimpse of a country that has suffered immeasurable losses since the beginning of this war that has raged for more than a decade. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse's ANNA CHRISTIE Begins Previews 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2008

Metropolitan Playhouse presents Anna Christie, by Eugene O'Neill, at the theater (220 E 4th Street) November 14th through December 14th, 2008. Directed by Robert Kalfin, the production features Sam Tsoutsouvas, Jenne Vath, and Roger Clark as Chris, Anna, and Mat. (more...)

CenterStage NY 'Dreams of Home' Focuses on Homeless Crisis
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2007

Monarch Theatre Company's US premiere production of Dreams of Home opens Wednesday October 24, 2007. The debut of Migdalia Cruz's provocative and poignant play comes on a wave of tragic relevance, as New York City mourns the horrific murder of Felix Najera, a homeless construction worker burned to death on a Spanish Harlem sidewalk earlier this month, and continues to struggle with the mounting crisis of record homelessness. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Launches World Premiere of RUINED 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2008

Chicago's Goodman Theatre opens its 'Strong Women, Strong Voices' Owen Theatre Series with the world premiere of Lynn Nottage's Ruined, directed by Kate Whoriskey and co-produced with Manhattan Theatre Club. (more...)

'A Moon for the Misbegotten'
by Beau Higgins - Oct 15, 2008

'A Moon for the Misbegotten,' written between 1941-1943 was performed for the first time in Columbus, Ohio in 1947. The play premiered on Broadway in 1957 and has been revived four times, winning multiple Tony Awards. The most recent production starring Kevin Spacey and Eve Best in 2007 came to Broadway after its run at the Old Vic Theatre in London. (more...)

TU's 'Diary of Anne Frank': Updated, But UnimprovedTU's 'Diary of Anne Frank': Updated, But Unimproved
by James Howard - Oct 15, 2007

WHO: Towson University's Department of Theatre Arts WHAT: The Diary of Anne Frank WHEN: Through October 21; Weds - Sat at 8PM, Sun at 2PM WHERE: Towson University Center for the Arts Main Stage HOW MUCH: $13 general, $7 students/seniors. $25 booster tickets available - $13 ticket + $12 contribution toward student scholarships INFORMATION: www.towson.edu (more...)

Goodman Theatre Launches World Premiere of RUINED 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2008

Chicago's Goodman Theatre opens its 'Strong Women, Strong Voices' Owen Theatre Series with the world premiere of Lynn Nottage's Ruined, directed by Kate Whoriskey and co-produced with Manhattan Theatre Club. (more...)

'Duet' Showcases One-Acts at Shelter Annex Nov.30-Dec.8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2007

Mackwell Productions will present Duet, an evening featuring the one-acts Sunrise by Tommy Smith and The Good Thing by Terry Diamond November 30 through December 8 at the Shelter Annex (more...)

'Silent Night of the Lambs'- Dec 5th'Silent Night of the Lambs'- Dec 5th
by Chicago News Desk - Nov 26, 2008

Hell in a Handbag Productions is proud to present one twisted take on two classic tales. Silent Night of the Lambs mixes one part thriller (The Silence of the Lambs) and one part holiday TV special (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) to create a twisted recipe that only Hell in a Handbag would dare to cook up for Chicago audiences. (more...)

Prosky and Carey Set for Arena Stage's Noises Off
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2006

Robert Prosky and Helen Carey will star in Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off, presented by Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage from December 15th through January 28th in the Kreeger Theater (more...)

'Silent Night of the Lambs'- Dec 5th'Silent Night of the Lambs'- Dec 5th
by Chicago News Desk - Nov 14, 2008

Hell in a Handbag Productions is proud to present one twisted take on two classic tales. Silent Night of the Lambs mixes one part thriller (The Silence of the Lambs) and one part holiday TV special (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) to create a twisted recipe that only Hell in a Handbag would dare to cook up for Chicago audiences. (more...)

Metropolitan Playhouse's ANNA CHRISTIE Begins Previews 11/14Metropolitan Playhouse's ANNA CHRISTIE Begins Previews 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2008

Metropolitan Playhouse presents Anna Christie, by Eugene O'Neill, at the theater (220 E 4th Street) November 14th through December 14th, 2008. Directed by Robert Kalfin, the production features Sam Tsoutsouvas, Jenne Vath, and Roger Clark as Chris, Anna, and Mat. (more...)

The World Premiere of Ruined at Goodman Theatre!The World Premiere of Ruined at Goodman Theatre!
by Chicago News Desk - Nov 13, 2008

Set in the present-day DRC, Ruined is the captivating story of Mama Nadi (Ekulona), the owner of a canteen who serves up everything from a cold beer and a warm meal-to the company of a woman. Through the eyes of this savvy businesswoman who both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds, Nottage captures the constantly shifting allegiances and tragic absurdity that marks the civil war in the DRC. Ruined, rendered with Nottage's trademark humanity, clarity and surprising humor, gives a glimpse of a country that has suffered immeasurable losses since the beginning of this war that has raged for more than a decade. (more...)

'Ruined' By Lynn Nottage at Goodman Theatre'Ruined' By Lynn Nottage at Goodman Theatre
by Chicago News Desk - Nov 12, 2008

Goodman Theatre opens its "Strong Women, Strong Voices" Owen Theatre Series with the world premiere of Lynn Nottage's Ruined, directed by Kate Whoriskey and co-produced with Manhattan Theatre Club. Commissioned by the Goodman and first seen in the 2007 New Stages Series, Ruined was developed through Nottage and Whoriskey's pilgrimage to Uganda-where countless interviews and interactions resulted in a portrait of the lives of the women and girls caught in the devastating armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Leading the Goodman's cast in the role of Mama Nadi is Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Well on Broadway; Righteous Kill), who previously collaborated with Nottage and Whoriskey on the world premiere of Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons. Ruined begins performances on November 8 (opening night is November 17) and runs through December 7. Tickets are $10 - $39. Ruined begins performances at Manhattan Theatre Club on January 21, 2009. (more...)

LAB Theater Presents Barn Series & Live Nude Plays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2007

LAByrinth Theater Company, in its fifth season of residency at The Public Theater, has announced the lineup for two development festivals of free staged-readings! (more...)

Kevin Spacey Appears on 'Letterman' on May 25
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2007

Kevin Spacey, star of the current Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon For The Misbegotten will appear nationally on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on CBS Friday, May 25 at 11:30 p.m. (more...)

A Moon for the Misbegotten Revival Recoups on Bway
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2007

The Old Vic's production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, the most successful production of the Eugene O'Neill classic in Broadway history, has recouped all production costs on its $2.4 million capitalization in just 52 performances (more...)

BWW Video Show Preview: A Moon For The MisbegottenBWW Video Show Preview: A Moon For The Misbegotten
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2007

BroadwayWorld.com brings you these highlights from the West End transfer of A Moon For The Misbegotten starring Kevin Spacey! (more...)

A Moon for the Misbegotten Now to Open on April 9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2007

Having transferred from the Old Vic Theatre, A Moon for the Misbegotten begins Broadway previews March 29 and will open April 9th (more...)

A Moon for the Misbegotten Begins Previews March 29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2007

Having transferred from the Old Vic Theatre, A Moon for the Misbegotten begins Broadway previews March 29. Director Howard Davies and stars Eve Best, Colm Meaney, Kevin Spacey, Billy Carter, and Eugene O'Hare, will all reprise their roles from the Old Vic production. (more...)

59E59 Announces Brits Off Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2008

59E59 Theaters announces the 2008 Brits Off Broadway line up! Annual festival of new British theater launches its 5th smash year of premiering the UK's most innovative, electrifying and inspiring theater to NYC audiences (more...)

A Moon for the Misbegotten Offers Student Rush Seats
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2007

Sixty $26.50 Student Rush seats will be available for every production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, the upcoming Broadway show starring Eve Best and Kevin Spacey. (more...)

ABC Bway Preview to Feature Williams, Lansbury, Lee, Etc.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2007

WABC-TV (Channel 7) will air 'Broadway Backstage: Spring Preview' on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm. (more...)

South Coast Rep Announces Season Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2008

South Coast Repertory's Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) will celebrate its 11th annual edition with a lineup composed of seven SCR-commissioned plays from an array of writers. Since its creation in 1998, PPF has grown into one of the most important festivals of new scripts in the United States. This year's Festival will take place during the May 2 through May 4 weekend with a workshop production, four staged readings and two fully-staged World Premieres on South Coast Repertory's two major stages. Tickets to PPF may be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or in person at the SCR box office. (more...)

A Moon for the Misbegotten in Final Week of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2007

The Old Vic's production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, the most successful production of the Eugene O'Neill classic in Broadway history, will play its final performance as scheduled on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00pm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (more...)

MTC Announces Lenox to Star in 'Ruined'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that Tony Awardâ winner Adriane Lenox will return to MTC next spring to head the cast of the world premiere production of Lynn Nottage's Ruined. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for MTC's RUINED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2008

Adriane Lenox is returning to MTC where she appeared in the world premiere of Doubt which subsequently transferred to Broadway and garnered her the 2005 Tony Award â for Best Featured Actress in a Play. (more...)

MTC Announces New Plays By Nottage, Shanley and Krieger.MTC Announces New Plays By Nottage, Shanley and Krieger.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2008

Manhattan Theatre Club announced casting for two of its upcoming productions: ROMANTIC POETRY, the world premiere musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, and Ruined, a world premiere play by Lynn Nottage. (more...)

Philip Gerson's Play 'Night' to Play FringeNYC in Aug.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2007

The Occasional Theatre will present the world premiere of Night by Philip Gerson, as part of the 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC at the Connelly Theatre (more...)

'Orson's Shadow' is a Gift to the Stage'Orson's Shadow' is a Gift to the Stage
by James Sims - Jan 21, 2008

With so many larger-than-life figures on stage, and the inevitable egos that follow, there are plenty of laughs to be had as they are each bursting with arrogant overtones and plenty of pent up frustration at their stalled careers. Yet, beyond such comical moments, Orson's Shadow is filled with poignant glimpses at the insecurities and even disturbed mental states of actors and all those involved with theatre... (more...)

Spacey's A Moon for the Misbegotten Hits Broadway in MarchSpacey's A Moon for the Misbegotten Hits Broadway in March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2007

Olivier Award winner Eve Best, Academy Award and Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey and Golden Globe nominee Colm Meaney will reprise their acclaimed performances in The Old Vic Theatre Company production of Eugene O'Neill's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th St) for 84 performances only. (more...)

Intiman Sets '07 Season, with Works by Lucas, Etc.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2007

The Intiman Theatre in Seattle will present a 2007 season that includes productions of classics, a world premiere play by Craig Lucas, and Adam Guettel and Lucas' musical The Light in the Piazza. (more...)

Entire London Cast of 'Misbegotten' Set for Bway RunEntire London Cast of 'Misbegotten' Set for Bway Run
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2007

The full cast of the acclaimed Old Vic production of A Moon for the Misbegotten will recreate their performances when the show moves to Broadway. (more...)

BroadwayWorld's End of Year CD Roundup - Your Last Chance for Stocking Stuffers!BroadwayWorld's End of Year CD Roundup - Your Last Chance for Stocking Stuffers!
by Naomi Plume - Dec 20, 2007

Happy Holidays Everyone! Well ... here it is ... our BIGGEST CD coverage EVER and just in time for some last minute 'stocking-stuffer' inspiration ... even though a few of these are better used as coal, if you know what I mean. (more...)

Photo Flash: NYMF's Smoking BloombergPhoto Flash: NYMF's Smoking Bloomberg
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2006

Smoking Bloomberg, a new musical comedy, will run as part of NYMF from September 13th through September 24th (more...)

Gerson's Play 'Night' Begins at FringeNYC August 10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2007

The Occasional Theatre will present the world premiere of Night by Philip Gerson, as part of the 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC at the Connelly Theatre (more...)

Toby's Wonderful "Wizard of Oz"Toby's Wonderful "Wizard of Oz"
by James Howard - Apr 3, 2008

REVIEW: The movie comes to life in this spectacular, heartfelt production at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore! (more...)

Photo Flash: A Moon for the Misbegotten in PreviewsPhoto Flash: A Moon for the Misbegotten in Previews
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2007

Having transferred from an acclaimed run at the Old Vic Theatre, A Moon for the Misbegotten began Broadway previews March 29 and will open April 9th. (more...)

Carnival Center Announces Fall 2007 Season!
by Beau Higgins - Apr 17, 2007

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MTC Announces 2008-09 SeasonMTC Announces 2008-09 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2008

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Daniel Sullivan, Acting Artistic Director 2007-2008 Season) is pleased to announce upcoming productions for its 2008-2009 season, including two shows on Broadway at MTC's Biltmore Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two productions at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). (more...)

Casting Announced for Intiman Theatre's Skin of Our Teeth
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2007

Intiman Theatre, recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, will continue its 35th season with Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Artistic Director Bartlett Sher (more...)

ActorQuest - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Bway 15ActorQuest - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Bway 15
by Kristin Huffman - Apr 13, 2007

In November, Kristin Huffman made her Broadway debut as Sarah (flute, piccolo and sax) in John Doyle's production of Company. The actress continues her collection of stories about a 15-year career that has led her to the door of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A Moon for the Misbegotten Opening NightPhoto Coverage: A Moon for the Misbegotten Opening Night
by Walter McBride - Apr 10, 2007

Having transferred from an acclaimed run at the Old Vic Theatre, A Moon for the Misbegotten began Broadway previews March 29 and opened on April 9th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (more...)

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