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Call Number: Print Books (PS3614.O88 R85 2010 )
Publication Date: 2010-08-24
THE STORY: From Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel , comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining in Democratic Republic of the 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 human life?
Received its world premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on November 8, 2008.
About the Author
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Includes biography, interview, and reviews
Mermelstein, David. "Lynn Nottage." Daily Variety 304.58 (2009): A22.
The article focuses on playwright Lynn Nottage and her involvement in the play "Ruined," which explores the situation of the marginalized women in Africa. It notes that Nottage's participation in the play "Ruined" is part of her advocacy to uphold the rights of women particularly those Congolese refugee women in Africa. It adds that Nottage was surprised by the warm welcome of audience on the said play which made it possible for "Ruined' to win the Pulitzer Prize drama award in 2009..
A Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage, 2009
Video clip of Lynn Nottage talking about the play and its themes.
Women Who Write Plays by
Call Number: PS352 .W66 2001
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
Includes an interview with Nottage.
Contemporary African American Women Playwrights by
Call Number: PS338.N4 C66 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Includes these chapters: Debby Thompson -- Intimate look at the plays of Lynn Nottage ; Interview with Lynn Nottage / Sandra G. Shannon.
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Production Reviews and Articles
Ruined premiered in 2008 at the Goodman Theatre. It was workshopped in 2007.
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2017, Makerere University, Uganda
2009, Berkeley Street Theatre
2011, Babcock Theatre
2011, Grandel Theatre
2011, Denver Center Theatre Company
2011, Arena Stage, Washington DC
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2009, Theater Manhattan Club - See War's Terrors through a brothel window
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2013-04-16
The Democratic Republic of Congo has become one of the world's bloodiest hot spots. 2003 saw the end of a five-year war in which millions lost their lives - one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II. Despite recent peace agreements and democratic elections, the country is still plagued by army and militia violence. Congo remains deeply troubled, since the deep-rooted causes of conflict have not been adequately addressed. The conflict in the DRC has divided opinion; some call it a civil war, or a war of aggression by the country's neighbours; others a continuation of Rwanda's Hutu-Tutsi conflict on Congolose soil, and a war of partition and pillage. The prevalence of rape and sexual violence has led some analysts to mark it out as a hidden 'war against women'.
Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2013-04-26
Every year, hundreds of thousands of women become victims of sexual violence in conflict zones around the world; in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, approximately 1,100 rapes are reported each month.
Consuming the Congo by
Call Number: Print Books (DT658.26 .E34 2011 )
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Every time you use a cell phone or log on to a computer, you could be contributing to the death toll in the bloodiest, most violent region in the world: the eastern Congo. Rich in "conflict minerals”--valuable resources mined in the midst of armed conflict and egregious human rights abuses--this remote and lawless land is home to deposits of gold and diamonds as well as coltan, tin, and tungsten, all critical to cell phones, computers, and other popular electronics. In Consuming the Congo, veteran journalist and author Peter Eichstaedt goes into these killing fields to find what is behind the bloodshed, hearing the stories of those who live this nightmarish reality. He talks with survivors of villages decimated by war and miners slogging knee-deep in muck, desperately digging up the gold, tin, and coltan on which Western culture depends. While these men work with picks, shovels, and iron bars, marauding militias and renegade army units who control the mines roam the jungles, killing and raping with impunity, taking their profits, and leaving villagers to a life of grueling manual labor, brutality, and disease. Some five million Congolese have died unnecessarily, the worst loss of human life since World War II, yet the pillaging and bloodletting continue at a frightening pace. Consuming the Congo not only explores the violence suffered by the Congolese but also examines how we, as part of the problem, can become part of the solution.