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Ruined - Acting Edition Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Ruined means that a woman is so brutally raped that she cannot even turn to prostitution to support herself (which could be a 'logical' choice following the rejection by her community and family for 'letting it happen.'). The play occurs in Congolese war-territory where rape is the weapon of choice, intended not only to humiliate the victim/family/village but also to render the womb useless.
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: not only is the girl ruined, but her odor implies she's suffering from untreated fistula (as would be the case with penetration by a bayonet or other rigid/sharp object).
Despite the extreme violence that permeates the territory, it's startling to see how casually the events are played out... not only the violence that precipitated the introduction of the girls, but also the lack of morality or compassion with regard to taking these girls into the brothel. In fact, it's difficult to figure out if Mama Nadi exploits her girls or actually offers them protection. The end of the play presents a far different picture of Mama Nadi than what we see in the beginning.
There's a constant sense of the violence that surrounds the bar; how small this place is against the vastness of the land and atrocities outside.Read more ›
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For my College theater class, we were required to read and be quizzed on this play. Typically, I don't read plays, but this was amazing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha Le Morin
Perfect piece for any college or community theater to take on! Believable characters, and creates a wonderful chance to challenge the audience and to dialogue with others about the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda Nail
A friend saw this play and gave it rave reviews. So I bought it, read the first page, and didn't pick it up for a year and a half because I was afraid of what it would do to me... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer