Ruined 2009

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Opened: February 10, 2009

Ruined - 2009 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I
131 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019

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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Ruined has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009 and West End which opened in 2010.
Ruined has been nominated for several awards. These include Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Director of a Play for Kate Whoriskey at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Music in a Play for Dominic Kanza at the Drama Desk Awards, Best New American Play at the Obie Awards for Lynn Nottage, Performance at the Obie Awards for Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Russell Gebert Jones, and Condola Rashad, Outstanding Lighting Design at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Peter Kaczorowski, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Director at The Lortels for Kate Whoriskey, Outstanding Play at The Lortels for Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre, and Performance at the Theatre World Awards for Condola Rashad.
Ruined has won several awards, including Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Kate Whoriskey received the Outstanding Director of a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards. Dominic Kanza won the Outstanding Music in a Play award, also at the Drama Desk Awards. Lynn Nottage's play was recognized as the Best New American Play at the Obie Awards. Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Russell Gebert Jones, and Condola Rashad all received Performance awards at various ceremonies, including the Obie Awards and Theatre World Awards. Peter Kaczorowski was honored with the Outstanding Lighting Design award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, Ruined was recognized as the Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and received Outstanding Director and Outstanding Play awards at The Lortels, specifically for Kate Whoriskey and Manhattan Theatre Club. The Goodman Theatre was also recognized with an Outstanding Play award at The Lortels.