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RUINED’s Portia featured on Playbill.com



Portia, who is currently playing the role of ‘Mama Nadi’ in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play RUINED is featured on Playbill.com.

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RUINED, a co-production between MTC and the Goodman Theatre, is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I through Sunday, September 6.

RUINED is the most acclaimed new play of 2009, having received the following awards:

  • 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    • RUINED is the first Off-Broadway play to receive the Pulitzer since 2000.
  • New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
  • Two Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Play and Outstanding Music for a Play
    • RUINED is the first Off-Broadway play to receive the Outstanding Play Award in 10 years.
  • The Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
  • Two Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Play
  • Four OBIE Awards including Best New American Play
    • Current cast members Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Russell G. Jones also received OBIE awards for their performances in RUINED
  • A Theatre World Award for cast member Condola Rashad
  • The Clarence Derwent Award for cast member Quincy Tyler Bernstine.

From Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel and director Kate Whoriskey (The Piano Teacher, Fabulation), comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?


  • Tickets for RUINED are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for RUINED are $75.
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