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Ruined

Ruined

November 16 - December 19

Mandell Weiss Theatre

by Lynn Nottage
directed by Liesl Tommy
A co-production with The Huntington Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

As a civil war wages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mama Nadi runs a canteen where a soldier can spend the evening in the company of beautiful women — for a price. Profiteer Mama Nadi is determined to keep the war at bay and the money flowing at any cost. But it's the humor, hope and sheer force of the courageous women who work there that ultimately triumph.

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"A propulsive, engrossing story..."
-San Diego Union-Tribune


"Playhouse's must-see Ruined is intense, moving"
-North County Times

Contains adult language and content.

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Ticket Prices: $31 - $66

Run Time: Act I: 70 minutes
Act II: 70 minutes
There will be a 15-minute intermission.

Sponsored By: Deutsche Bank

In-Kind Sponsor: La Valencia

 
Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage Playwright


Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Ruined, Lynn Nottage's credits include Intimate Apparel (Outer Critics Circle Award), Fabulation (Obie Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Mud, River, Stone and Las Meninas. She is also recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.
Know Before You GoLearn more about Ruined and discover the inspiration of the creative team with behind-the-scenes stories and background information.
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NPR InterviewRead NPR's interview with Ruined playwright Lynn Nottage
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  • (l-r) Tonye Patano as "Mama Nadi," Carla Duren as "Sophie" and Oberon K.A. Adjepong as "Christian" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • (l-r) Joseph Kamal, Adrian Roberts, Okieriete Onaodowan, Tonye Patano, Zainab Jah, Kola Ogundiran and Pascale Armand in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • (l-r) Zainab Jah as "Josephine," Carla Duren as "Sophie" and Pascale Armand as "Salima" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • Carla Duren (left) as "Sophie" and Pascale Armand as "Salima" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • (l-r) Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Wendell B. Franklin, Carla Duren, Zainab Jah and Tonye Patano in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • Carla Duren as "Sophie" and Wendell B. Franklin as "Jerome Kisembe" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • Oberon K.A. Adjepong as "Christian" and Tonye Patano as "Mama Nadi" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 16 - December 19; photo by Kevin Berne.
  • Jason Bowen (left) as "Fortune" and Adrian Roberts as "Commander Osembenga" in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of RUINED, by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy, playing November 16 - December 19 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre; photo by Kevin Berne.
What Critics Are Saying About Ruined:
Union-Tribune

"A propulsive, engrossing story..."
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North County Times

"Playhouse's must-see Ruined is intense, moving"
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KPBS

"Ruined is the play to see this season"
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La Jolla Light

"Powerful Playhouse production packs a punch"
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Ruined Blog Topics
The Artist’s Journey: Adrian Roberts

The Artist’s Journey will provide an insider look at the creation of a production, from first rehearsal to opening night, through the eyes of one of the show’s key players. This series features Ruined's Adrian Roberts

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