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RUINED Begins Final 8 Performances Tonight at MTC

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

RUINED

BEGINS FINAL 8 PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

LANDMARK PRODUCTION TO END RUN

ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Manhattan Theatre Club’s record-breaking production of Lynn Nottage’s RUINED begins its final eight performances tonight at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). RUINED will play its final performance on Sunday, September 6 after being extended an astonishing eight times.

Last week, RUINED, which is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and the Goodman Theatre, was honored with six Jeff Award nominations, celebrating excellence in Chicago theatre. RUINED was honored with nominations for the production in the Large Play category, Lynn Nottage in the New Work in a Play category, Kate Whoriskey in the Director of a Play category, current cast member’s Russell G. Jones performance, and for Dominic Kanza in the Original Incidental Music category.

On September 6, RUINED will have played a total of 260 performances (22 preview performances and 238 regular performances). Previously, the theatre’s longest running production at City Center was the 1991 production of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart which ran 255 performances (including previews).

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?

RUINED features Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Chris Chalk, Raymond Graham, William Jackson Harper, Chiké Johnson, Russell G. Jones, Simon Shabantu Kashama, Kevin Mambo, Tom Mardirosian, Portia, and Condola Rashad.

The creative team for RUINED includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and music direction), Dominic Kanza (original music), Lynn Nottage (lyrics), Randy Duncan (movement director).

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.
  • RUINED recently received eight nominations from Chicago’s Black Theatre Alliance including: Best Writing of a Play (Lynn Nottage), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paul Tazewell), and Best Choreography (Randy Duncan). In addition, current cast members Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Russell G. Jones, and Condola Rashad all received nominations in their respective acting categories.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has their Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Ruined; The American Plan; Top Girls; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
 
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
 
TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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.

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

RUINED Begins Final Three Weeks of Historic Run at MTC

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

RUINED
BEGINS FINAL THREE WEEKS

OF HISTORIC RUN AT CITY CENTER TONIGHT

PRODUCTION RECENTLY HONORED WITH 8 NOMINATIONS

BY CHICAGO’S BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play RUINED begins its final three weeks tonight at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The play, which has been extended eight times at MTC, will end its critically acclaimed run on Sunday, September 6.

This week Chicago’s Black Theatre Alliance honored RUINED with eight Alliance Award nominations including: Best Writing of a Play (Lynn Nottage), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paul Tazewell), and Best Choreography (Randy Duncan). In addition, current cast members Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Russell G. Jones, and Condola Rashad all received nominations in their respective acting categories.

RUINED is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

When RUINED ends its run on Sunday, September 6, it will become the longest-running production in MTC’s 25-year history at New York City Center. The production has been extended an astounding eight times, and on its final performance on September 6, will have played a total of 260 performances (including previews). Previously, the theatre’s longest running production at City Center was the 1991 production of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart which ran 255 performances (including previews).

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?

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.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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.

RUINED’s Portia featured on Playbill.com

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW

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

Click here to read the article.

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?

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Final Extension for Ruined

 

 2009’S MOST HONORED PLAY MUST PLAY

FINAL PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Manhattan Theatre Club announces the final extension for Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play RUINED. The play, currently in performances at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street), must play its final performance on Sunday, September 6.

RUINED is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

This marks the eighth New York extension for the production which on Sunday, September 6 will have played 22 preview performances and 238 regular performances.

Prior to becoming a hit at MTC, RUINED was a resounding success at the Goodman, where the production opened in November 2008, received stellar reviews from Chicago critics, and played an extended run at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre prior to coming to New York.

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?

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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.

RUINED Observes Congolese Independence Day with Special Talkback

MAHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

RUINED

OBSERVES CONOGLESE INDEPENDENCE DAY

WITH SPECIAL TALKBACK

 

FILM MAKER LISA F. JACKSON & DRC ACTIVIST BUKENI WARUZI

TO PARTICIPATE IN TALKBACK FOLLOWING

TUESDAY, JUNE 30 PERFORMANCE OF RUINED

 

RUINED, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage currently playing an extended engagement at Manhattan Theatre Club, will observe Congolese Independence Day with a special talkback following the performance on Tuesday, June 30 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

The talkback will feature award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson (The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo); Bukeni Waruzi, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and DRC activist; and cast members from RUINED. The discussion will be moderated by MTC Artistic Associate Lisa McNulty.

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo achieved independence from Belgium on June 30, 1960.

 

RUINED, a co-production between MTC and the Goodman Theatre, is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I through Sunday, August 2.

 

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?

 

BIOGRAPHY

LISA F. JACKSON has been involved in documentary filmmaking for over 30 years. Her work has brought her many awards including three Emmy nominations and two Emmy awards. Tom Shales of the Washington Post has praised her documentaries as “superb” and “outstanding,” John O’Connor commented in the New York Times that “producer/director Lisa Jackson is remarkably adept in getting her subjects to speak frankly and thoughtfully,” and the Christian Science Monitor noted that she takes on difficult subjects “with intelligence and courage.” She most recently completed a feature length documentary that she shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the fate of women and girls in that country’s intractable war. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo won a Special Jury Award for Documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO. She produced and directed “Meeting with a Killer: One Family’s Journey” (2001 Emmy Award nominee) for Court TV; “Life Afterlife,” a 90-minute special for HBO; “The Secret Life of Barbie” (1999 Emmy Award winner) for ABC News; “Addicted” and “Why Am I Gay?” for HBO’s “America Undercover” series; “No Money, Mo’ Problems” and “Smart Sex” for the MTV series “True Life”; “The Other Epidemic” for ABC News; “Firefighters” for The Learning Channel; “A Passion to Play” for ABC Sports; “Anatomy of a Baseball Trade” for HBO Sports; five episodes in the Hallmark Channel’s acclaimed “Adoption” series, including stories shot in Siberia and Guatemala; and national PSA’s for the Office for Victims of Crime. Jackson produced a series about ordinary people who have won the Carnegie Medal for heroism that will air on the Hallmark Channel in 2009 and is currently working on a film about a group of displaced women living in the slums of Bogotá, Colombia. Jackson studied filmmaking at MIT with Ricky Leacock and has directed and/or edited dozens of films for PBS including: “Voices and Visions: Emily Dickinson,” “Jackson Pollock: Portrait,” “Through Madness” (1993 NYC Emmy winner), “The Creative Spirit,” “Storytellers,” “The Van Cliburn Piano Competition;” “Bill Moyers’ Journal,” the prizewinning series “The Mind,”and segments for “Sesame Street” and “Live from Lincoln Center.” Jackson’s other awards include an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special (1999); a New York City Emmy (1993); three CINE Golden Eagles; four Houston International Film Festival, Gold Awards; a Silver Chris Award from the Columbus International Film Festival; a Planned Parenthood “Maggie” Award for Outstanding Documentary; two Gold Clarion Awards from Women in Communications; Best Documentary Awards from the Rome Independent Film Festival, the International Black DocuFest; Audience Choice Awards from the London HRWIFF, One World Slovakia, Vancouver, Breckenridge and Cinequest film festivals and a Movies That Matter Award from Amnesty International. She has screened her work and lectured at the Columbia University School of Journalism, Brandies, Purdue, NYU and Harvard University and was a visiting professor of documentary film at the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan.

 

BUKENI WARUZI serves as WITNESS’ Program Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East. He is a native of Uvira, South Kivu Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked for over eight years on child soldiers (girls and boys) and children affected by armed conflict. He founded and served as the Executive Director of Ajedi-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, an organization working to demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers in the DRC. Bukeni produced several films on child soldiers and the spread of HIV/AIDS in the DRC during his organization’s partnership with WITNESS. He also implemented the use of cell phones as a means of monitoring and reporting child rights violations. Bukeni holds a BA in economics from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu (DRC) and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from Chaire Unesco in Bujumbura (Burundi). Bukeni speaks English, French and Swahili and is conversational in five languages and dialects of the Great Lakes region of Africa.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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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RUINED Welcomes UN Secretary-General & UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

& UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS NAVI PILLAY

ATTEND SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

OF MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

RUINED

 

TO SEE UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION COVERAGE

CLICK HERE

 

On Friday, June 19, Manhattan Theatre Club and Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage welcomed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to a special performance of Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play RUINED.

 

To see the United Nations Television coverage of Ban and Pillay’s visit to RUINED, CLICK HERE.

 

The special performance of RUINED was co-hosted by Pillay and Equality Now – an international non-governmental organization that works to protect and promote women’s rights. Following the performance, Ban, Pillay, and officials from Equality Now met backstage with Nottage and the cast of RUINED.

 

RUINED, a co-production between MTC and the Goodman Theatre, is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I through Sunday, August 2.

 

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?

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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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www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

 

MTC ANNOUNCES 7TH EXTENSION FOR RUINED

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES SEVENTH EXTENSION OF

LYNN NOTTAGE’S PULITZER PRIZE WINNING

RUINED

 

MOST ACCLAIMED PLAY OF THE YEAR NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce the production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning RUINED has been extended again at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Tickets for the production, directed by Kate Whoriskey, are now on sale through Sunday, August 2.

 

RUINED is a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

 

This marks the seventh New York extension for the production which on Sunday, August 2 will have played 22 preview performances and 198 regular performances, making RUINED the longest running production at Stage I since the 1992 production of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

 

Prior to becoming a hit at MTC, RUINED was a resounding success at the Goodman, where the production opened in November 2008, received stellar reviews from Chicago critics, and played an extended run at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre prior to coming to New York.

 

In a statement Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove said, “We are delighted to extend RUINED again thanks to the enormous response the production has received over the last 20 weeks at City Center – Stage I. 

 

“Audiences have given RUINED standing ovations from its very first performance and we have been thrilled that the show has attracted the attention of a wide range of people including news commentators, celebrities, human rights groups, critics, and ticket buyers, many of whom aren’t traditional theatre goers.

 

RUINED has resonated with every one who has seen it, becoming one of the most talked about plays of the season. We are extremely proud of Lynn, Kate, and our terrific ensemble and we look forward to having RUINED at City Center for the remainder of this record-breaking run.”

 

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?

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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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MTC’S RUINED ANNOUNCES PORTIA JOINING CAST

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES

DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINEE PORTIA

TO JOIN CAST OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNING

RUINED

 

ACTRESS TO JOIN LAUDED ENSEMBLE

TUESDAY, MAY 26 AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announced that Drama Desk Award nominee Portia will join the cast of RUINED, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage, on Tuesday, May 26 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

Portia will assume the role of ‘Mama Nadi,’ which is currently played by Saidah Arrika Ekulona. Ekulona will play her final performance as ‘Mama Nadi’ on Sunday, May 17. Ekulona is departing RUINED to fulfill an earlier professional commitment.

 

Portia received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Stephen Belber’s McReele. She also appeared in the acclaimed production of Stephen Adly GuirgisOur Lady of 121st Street for which she received Lucille Lortel, Drama League, and AUDELCO Award nominations.

 

During the week beginning Monday, May 18, until Portia assumes the role on May 26, Victoire Charles, the current standby for ‘Mama Nadi’ will play the role.

 

RUINED is the most acclaimed new play of 2009, having received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle, two Lucille Lortel Award including Outstanding Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, a Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, five Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding New Play, and two Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Play.

 

Tickets for the Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre co-production of RUINED are currently on sale through June 28 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning 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 (Portia), 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?

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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.

 

BIOGRAPHY

PORTIA (Mama Nadi).Theatre credits include Zooman and the Sign (Signature Theater Co.), The Member of The Wedding (The Young Vic.), McReele (Roundabout), The Treatment (The Culture Project), No Child… (TheaterWorks), Something You Did (Primary Stages), Frankie & Johnny (Hartford Stage Company), Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway), Our Lady of 121st St. (dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman), Merchant of Venice (dir. Peter Sellars). Television: “Ugly Betty,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Rescue Me,” “Whoopie!” Features: The Greatest, The Messenger, Please Give, Synecdoche New York, and Freedomland. Portia is a member of AEA; the LAByrinth Theater Company.

 

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RUINED’S LYNN NOTTAGE & QUINCY TYLER BERNSTINE TO PARTICIPATE IN U.S. SENATE ACTIVITY

RUINED PLAYWRIGHT LYNN NOTTAGE &

ACTRESS QUINCY TYLER BERNSTINE

TO PARTICIPATE

IN ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING

U.S. SENATE HEARINGS

ON RAPE & VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

 

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER & ACCLAIMED ACTRESS TO MEET

WITH LAWMAKERS TO DISCUSS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN DRC

 

On Wednesday, May 13, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage and acclaimed actress Quincy Tyler Bernstine will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in activities surrounding U.S Senate hearings that will address rape and other forms of violence against women that are occurring in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Nottage, who will be speaking at a public reception, will speak about her experience researching and writing RUINED which is set in the DRC. Bernstine will then deliver a monologue from the play that vividly describes the violence that occurred against the character ‘Salima,’ which Bernstine plays in the acclaimed production, currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club.

 

Other speakers at the reception will include: Ron Haviv and Marcus Bleasdale (award-winning photojournalists who are part of an exhibition entitled Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo); and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

 

The reception will be held on Wednesday, in Washington D.C. in the Russell Senate Office Building, Hearing Room 332.

 

The reception will immediately follow a United States Senate Foreign Relations joint subcommittee hearing: Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones, with case studies on the DRC and Sudan. The joint hearing of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues and the Subcommittee on African Affairs will be chaired by U.S. Senators Boxer and Russ Feingold (D-WI).

 

The joint subcommittee hearing on gender-based violence will take place at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 13 in the Dirksen Senate Building, room 419. U.S. legislators will hear testimony about violence against women (particularly rape) in conflict zones, using Sudan and the DRC as case studies. The range of panelists will include: women from the DRC and Sudan, including Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu (journalist, DRC); experts on the issue of gender violence; and government witnesses including Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, The Honorable Melanne Verveer.

 

RUINED is the most acclaimed new play of 2009, having received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, a Theatre World Award, five Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding New Play, and two Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Play.

 

Tickets for the Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre co-production of RUINED are currently on sale through June 28 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

 

From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning 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 (Portia), 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?

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR RUINED

  • 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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THEATRE WORLD AWARD WINNERS

2008 – 2009

THEATRE WORLD AWARDS

The Theatre World Award Winners were announced today.

The awards ceremony will take place on June 2, 2009.

 

 

 

Colin Hanks, currently appearing as ‘Mike Clark’ in 33 VARIATIONS has won a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in the production.

 

 

Condola Rashad, currently making her New York theatrical debut in MTC’s production of Lynn Nottage’s RUINED, has received a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of ‘Sophie.’

 

 

Geoffrey Rush, currently earning raves for his performance in EXIT THE KING has won a for his Broadway debut performance as ‘King Berenger.’  Rush also translated the play with director Neil Armfield.

 

 

The cast of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS (Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root) will receive a special award from the Theater World Awards. 

 

 

 

 

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