Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play 'Ruined' Set for April

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Hazel Scott Contributed

The Department of Theatre Arts will present its Spring 2022 production of “Ruined” directed by Brian Martin, on April 28-30, at 7 p.m. in the Leila Barlow Theatre.  “Ruined” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage.

The play involves the plight of women in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. The play opens when Sophie and Salima, women who have survived being raped by soldiers, are brought by Christian, a traveling salesman, to work at Mama Nadi's bar and brothel. Sophie, Salima and Josephine, another of Mama's employees, entertain customers who include soldiers from both sides of the civil war. Salima dies when Commander Osembenga raids the bar in search of a rebel leader, Kisembe. Mama confesses to Christian that, like Sophie, she is "ruined" (has been mutilated by repeated rapes); the two tenderly dance together. 

General admission is $10 and $5 for students with proper ID. The play contains strong language and content.

For more information call 334-229-6929 or 334-604-8186.