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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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Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I


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by Michael Major - Sep 9, 2022
Fast-rising queer icon FLETCHER shares her new single “Better Version,” the latest release from her hotly anticipated debut album Girl Of My Dreams, due out September 16th via Capitol Records. A raw expression of post-breakup grief, “Better Version” delivers what FLETCHER refers to as the flipside to “Becky’s So Hot.'
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 22, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2022
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by Michael Major - Sep 16, 2022
FLETCHER has released her eagerly-anticipated debut album Girl Of My Dreams, out now via Capitol Records. A major artistic triumph for the fast-rising queer icon, Girl Of My Dreams features her chart-climbing smash hit “Becky’s So Hot” along with such bold and brutally honest standouts as her brand-new single “Serial Heartbreaker.” 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 15, 2022
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by BWW Staff - Sep 1, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Jun 27, 2022
Lori Hamilton is offering a sneak preview of her new show North Star (or what I listened to instead of my intuition) ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. 
by Michael Major - Jun 24, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022
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by Michael Major - Jun 23, 2022
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by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2022
Out of 163 submissions, the San Diego State University New Musical Initiative has chosen In a Sunshine State as this year's selection. Writers T.C. Lind, Derek Gregor, and Phoebe Kreutz will join with director Stephen Brotebeck, music director Robert Meffe and the SDSU MFA Musical Theatre cohort for a two-year development process and world premiere in the spring of 2024.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2022
This summer The Ruined Theatre, the team behind the 2021 successes Our Teacher’s a Troll and WITCHES, are bringing a classic tale to life with a modern twist.  Ally in Wonderland is a new adaptation by writer Frank Saunders of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale, opening at Lesnes Abbey this August. 
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022
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by Michael Major - Jul 25, 2022
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by Grace Cutler - Jul 23, 2022
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by Michael Major - Jul 20, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022
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This is a declaration of artistic intent and freedom breaking the bonds of the biz, the audience, and everyone to be the music-maker she was born to be.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 23, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Aug 18, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2022
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by Stephi Wild - Aug 15, 2022
The remaining shows have been announced for Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2022-2023 off-Broadway season, and the first show of the 2023-2024 off-Broadway season, at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2022
Celebrated creative collaborators over two decades, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey will return to Goodman Theatre with their latest Broadway production, Clyde’s, launching the Goodman’s 2022/2023 Season.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 1, 2022
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by Michael Major - Aug 1, 2022
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Ruined Frequently Asked Questions

What productions of Ruined have their been?
Ruined has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009 and West End which opened in 2010.

What awards has Ruined been nominated for?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Kate Whoriskey, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Dominic Kanza, Best New American Play (Obie Awards) for Lynn Nottage , Performance (Obie Awards) for Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Performance (Obie Awards) for Russell Gebert Jones, Performance (Obie Awards) for Russell Gebert Jones, Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Peter Kaczorowski, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards), Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Kate Whoriskey, Outstanding Play (The Lortels) for Manhattan Theatre Club Outstanding Play (The Lortels) for Goodman Theatre and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Condola Rashad.

What awards has Ruined won?
Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Kate Whoriskey, Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Dominic Kanza, Best New American Play (Obie Awards) for Lynn Nottage , Performance (Obie Awards) for Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Performance (Obie Awards) for Russell Gebert Jones, Performance (Obie Awards) for Russell Gebert Jones, Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Peter Kaczorowski Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Kate Whoriskey Outstanding Play (The Lortels) for Manhattan Theatre Club Outstanding Play (The Lortels) for Goodman Theatre Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Condola Rashad.

What productions of Ruined have there been?
Ruined has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009 and West End which opened in 2010.