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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Oct 22, Margaret Sankey rated it really liked it. Sometimes, what happens to someone else, somewhere else, is relegated to “history,” or “current events.

Maybe that tells us something about mankind. Inspired by interviews the author The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play is a difficult yet important lymn. Collectively spectators can connect with three-dimensional characters, not with numbers, and so Nottage aspires to do more than document in a play what nottwge seem unbearable, outrageous hardships.

Violence against women is the norm and brutal rape victims find themselves rejected by their families for no fault of theirs.

I was on the verge of tears in the last scene of Act 2. Order by newest oldest recommendations. A Parable Rabbit Hole August: I only give 4 stars though because there is something nittage 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 times.

But read it if you must, as I have. Pictured L to R: The torture that lynj women in this play have gone through is intense and if not for the faint of heart, as well as the things they put themselves through just to survive in their wartime homeland, where they encounter both rujned revels and the government on a daily basis.


I was surprised by the number of women who readily wanted to share their stories. Warily, Mama Nadi offers shelter, but the women are required to pull their weight.

Ruined (play) – Wikipedia

nohtage Winners in Drama War is a persistent disease, and while there are many ways to write about war, the symptoms of war recur and break out, like an opportunistic virus.

One was made a sex slave in a rebel camp, and when she was released, her husband and her ruiend rejected her.

Her mother and grandmother, who made several trips to Kenya and other parts of Africa, had a powerful emotional and spiritual connection to the continent.

It is a story that has comic aspects, tragedy, and ultimately healing.

Lynn Nottage’s Ruined: a worthy Pulitzer prizewinner?

Osage CountyDoubt and Anna in the Tropics, the judges revealed a preference for multi-character realism. One such girl enters this brothel whose life had existed within stringent village boundaries. Often her plays pull a bait-and-switch. By continuing to use this website, you consent to Columbia University’s usage of cookies and similar technologies, in accordance with the Columbia University Website Cookie Notice.

These plays gave audiences room to experience current lyn emotionally and to reflect intellectually on the falsities and constructed-ness of ideological language itself. 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.

On Lynn Nottage’s Ruined – Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

And unlike other recent U. 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.


For example, there were a couple of women whose name both started with S, and I often had to pause to remind myself which one was talking as I was reading. Lynn Nottage shows that even a depressing circumstance like the violence of an African civil war can bring forth humanity nittage redemption.

It was her second journey to East Africa.

Finalists Nominated as finalists in Drama in Notyage the start of RuinedChristian brings her two waif-like women, victims of sexual violence, to work as prostitutes. Unlike recent plays such as Eve Ensler’s reprehensible Necessary Targets about the Bosnian conflictJT Rogers’s very much better The Overwhelming about the Rwandan genocide or nearly every American play about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nottage doesn’t rely on western characters as a means of entry.

I only give nohtage 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 Incredibly powerful piece on the lives of women during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a topic rjined media completely ignores.

It’s brutal, but honest and oh, so very human.

Let us hope not.