A passionate, heartfelt play about surviving in a time of civil war, by a leading American dramatist. Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns.
When two new girls arrive, tainted with the stigma of their recent past, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit.
Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined was first performed at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, in November 2008. It opened Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in February 2009.
The play received its UK premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2010.
This edition includes lyrics and music from the original production.
‘An exceptionally powerful piece of writing’
— London Evening Standard
‘Overwhelming… could not be more powerful’
‘Essential viewing… horrifying, wondrous – and true’
— Time Out
Pulitzer Prize for Drama