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

Christian keeps trying to woo Mama, but she isn’t having it. Her name was Salima, and she related her story in such graphic detail that I remember wanting to cry out for her to stop, but I knew that she had a need to be heard. Soldiers must unload their weapons before being serviced. Terrible and powerful stuff that is being replicated in other war torn areas of the globe.

Lynn Nottage’s Ruined: a worthy Pulitzer prizewinner?

One was made a sex slave in a rebel camp, and when she was released, her husband and her village rejected her. I’m used to read spanish play and there the action is more intense that in this one.

Sep 04, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 15, Lorma Doone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ruined neither apes the thematic concerns nor mimics the theatrical strategies of Mother Courage. Reading a book can be a comforting, warming experience. Women and even children are being attacked by multiple men, often in public and in front of their husbands, kids and neighbors.


Ruined takes up a cause through the un-chic dramaturgy of tragicomic naturalism: Few American dramatists aspire to such a panoramic view of the world or manage it so engagingly. What other choice do they have?

Ruined (play) – Wikipedia

Maybe that tells us something about mankind. I remember the strong nottzge response that I had to the very first Congolese woman who shared her story. 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.

Ruined is a hauntingly chilling tale of life in the Republic of the Congo during the ongoing fighting that occurs there. In the opening scenes, we are introduced to two teenage girls who have been brutalized, and are now brought into Mama Nadi’s brothel as potential products; the charming ‘pimp’ has to negotiate especially hard to convince Mama Nadi to take on the ruined girl: Theatre Communications Group has published the script.

Pictured L to R: Nov 16, Emma Getz rated it really liked it Shelves: Lynn Nottage shows that even a depressing circumstance like the violence of an African civil war can bring forth humanity and redemption. Oct 21, Rebecca Rebecca rated it it was amazing. And absolutely no talk whatsoever about the bloody war that gets closer and closer to her brothel every day. View all 6 comments. Lists with This Book.


A sprinkling of Swahili, with just enough French, helps ground the dialogue. What a powerful narrative to tell the story of women who are tired of their bodies becoming battlegrounds, but keep their strength and fight for their freedom, autonomy, home, and their hopes.

On Lynn Nottage’s Ruined

Dec 20, Josemo rated it it was ok. 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. Her plays have been widely produced, with Intimate Apparel receiving more productions than any other play in America during the season.

I will continue to follow Nottage’s career with enthusiasm as she is one of America’s foremost contemporary playwrights. 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.

So the year-old Sophie, the siren too ruined to work as a whore, also becomes the bookkeeper.