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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An optimistic traveling salesman pleads with Mama Nadi to take in two young girls, one of whom, Sophie, has been so irreparably damaged that she is considered neither a good fuck for the men nor a meal ticket. My interest in this play stems from ongoing reading about women in the Congo as well as this author’s Lynn Nottage trip to Uganda.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ruined is a play that when read is impactful, and I’m sure being seen live would be even more so.

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Reading Ruined is a jarring experience since the dialogues are vaguely familiar of its atrocities in a different capacity with different set of people. Jan 04, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was amazing. Millennium Approaches Angels in America: Want to Read saving…. It made for brutal, infuriating, heart-breaking reading — I can only imagine the impact it would have as a performed play. I acknowledge what goes on in the rest of the world but if I try to bear the weight too long then I know it will crush me flat.

Actually, most of these “topical” kinds of plays- though sad and engaging, ruinee to have many of the same elements. The nature of the lives these women knew is indicated by their awareness that whoring mottage to rough-handed miners and rebel soldiers is nice work, compared with what they experienced before.

I don’t know much of nothing about contemporary drama, but “Ruined” almost feels sort of old-fashioned See 1 question about Ruined…. Paperbackpages.


Ruined neither apes the thematic concerns nor mimics the theatrical strategies of Mother Courage. There are warring factions that waver in their power, and to survive, people must play both sides.

Lynn Nottage’s Ruined: a worthy Pulitzer prizewinner?

Preview — Ruined by Lynn Nottage. I think this is a riveting read; I’m looking forward to seeing the play and hearing the music. Some of the women, like Salima, escaped from captivity as a sex slave in a rebel Inspired by Brecht’s Mother Courage, and researched by interviewing women in the Eastern Congo, this Pulitzer winner for drama is a searing look at the the lives and survival of women in conflict. Jun 10, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Both Nottage and Whoriskey convincingly flesh out this world, mixing danger with continuing signs of vibrancy.

There are so many ethical issues concerning how and where and by whom our gadgets and products are manufactured. Books by Lynn Nottage. It was about human trafficking in the Dominion Republic of the Congo. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Only his niece, Sophie, has been “r Ruined is an example of writing trying to expose a part of the world without casting a judgement on it. Even Crumbs from the Table of Joyostensibly a memory play about a teenage girl and her displaced southern family in post-World War II Brooklyn, disorients.

Women and even children are being attacked by multiple men, often in public and in front of their husbands, kids and neighbors. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But while anti-Iraq plays vented feelings of ideological upset and political helplessness, Ruined dared to take up the lyjn of the global voiceless from outside U.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama I don’t know what it’s about books about race and war, but I can’t seem to get into most of them. The heat is made apparent by the repeated calls for a cold drink, whether beer or Fanta is a matter of some debate.

The power of words really shines through in the monologues – so descriptive that you don’t have to see the atrocities to feel repelled and horrified by them. On my blog, I have posted YouTube clips of performances with some music!

On Lynn Nottage’s Ruined

Definitely worth seeing it performed, the work is ultimately redemptive. But I thank Lynn Nottage for writing a play about the violence against women in the Congo – and another play that black folk like me can be in.


I’m used to read spanish play I don’t really see this as a play. She is the beauty of the bunch, and the lengths that Nnottage Nadi a hard woman goes to protect Sophie is really very heart breaking.

That occasion comes shortly after we learn of a breathtakingly grotesque act of revenge perpetrated on a nearby mission for suspected betrayal. I needed to read this for a writing class concerned with dramatic structure. Possessed by a mischievous wit that she inherited from the maternal side of her family, Nottage lures you into settling in for a comic ride and then jars it with an unexpected shift in emotional tone or fantasy elements that seem to come out of left field.

I was on the verge of tears in the last scene of Act 2. Maybe that tells us something about mankind. Sophie is “ruined,” which means her genitals are mutilated from a violent rape.

Sep 30, Tom Nash rated it it was amazing. While the play takes an unsentimental view of the violence afflicting the Congo, it also supplies a love story featuring a startlingly happy ending. It was her second journey to East Africa. Lynn Nottage sent a personal message to the team, encouraging the production’s premiere. Attitudes change slowly, but they do change. See all winners. A jarring comedy that examines family and romantic relationships with a lacerating wit while eschewing easy answers and pat resolutions.

Nottagw although they hate their jobs, these women consider it nice work, considering the horrors they endured before. Rebel leaders and government soldiers make their way through this place, and there is constant tension throughout the play on whether Mama Nadi will get caught playing both of the warring factions.