Ruined: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play About War-Torn Congo at Arena Stage
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Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage (after a sold-out run in Red Hot Patriot) to star as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage, who profits off the very war that's stealing her children from her, one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Broadway-bound artistic director Molly Smith helms this unique in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war drama that cleverly mixes politics and satire with a dozen raucous songs. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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This was the best play I have seen in years. Beautifully and meaningfully written, with humor and pathos, like all great plays. Not at all didactic, though a message of humanism shines through. An excellent cast, obviously committed to the writers and directors vision. A gorgeous if spare look, and even good music well-sung at appropriate times. Highly recommended.
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.
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