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About the Author

Lynn Nottage's plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize and the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her plays have been produced at theatres throughout the country, with Intimate Apparel slated for more productions than any other play during the 2005-2006 season.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; 2009 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155936355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559363556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Nottage's plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, for which she was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize and the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award in 2004. Her plays have been produced at theatres throughout the country, with Intimate Apparel slated for more productions than any other play during the 2005-2006 season.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2009
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A brothel can be a battlefield as much as anywhere else. Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" is a script for a play that has won several best plays of 2009 awards. Set in a Congo brothel during a civil war, "Ruined" tells of the plight of the women, when the men seem to care only about power and little else. "Ruined" proves why it's acclaimed, offering much food for thought in its text form.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mervyn de Goeas on January 4, 2010
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Simply put ... this is one of the best plays I've ever read! Beautiful, brutal, hopeful, angry - this is a masterpiece. I've been a theatre director for over twenty-five years and there are only a handful of plays that I couldn't put down once I'd started reading - William M. Hoffman's "As Is", Tony Kushner's "Angels In America - Millennium Approaches" and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt, come to mind. Nattage's "Ruined" is far and away one of the best I've come across in a long time. What a way to start 2010!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christopher E. Chalk on September 1, 2009
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One of the best plays written.I saw it performed and I read it and its get betterand better each time i read it. Anyone wanting to touch the heartbeat of what is going on in the world should pick this up. Changing the world everyday. Amazing work
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patton on January 9, 2010
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To understand the emotional devastation and the tremendous heart of the women who live in the Congo - you must see this play!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Candelaria on March 13, 2011
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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. Her interviews with Ugandan war victims not only informed the play, but tightens the distance between news reports and actual testimonials about what happens to women there.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat on March 11, 2014
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I had to read this book for a college theater class and fell in love with it. I had a hard time putting it down because it really does raise awareness of civil war in other countries, especially the Congo. This play reads incredibly easily, almost like a novel. It's hard putting each character to a face at first but as you continue reading the personalities blossom and it's easy to establish who is who. The worst part is though, that it's hard to see which side of the revolution is right because the egregious things BOTH of them do. This play captivates the audience on the poor women caught in the middle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomas on March 2, 2013
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Such a strong story and so beautifully written. The final scenes still resonate with me. Why do wars always begin and end with the women? as if those who possess the women are those who possess the power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Shane on December 16, 2012
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I read the play. Now I wish I could see it live. Several plays I've read are just chatter. Not this one. The playwright had something to say, and she said it well.
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