Berkeley Rep presents Lynn Nottage's Ruined, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
This powerful new play provides a bleak yet beautiful look at the lives of women in a land ruled by whiskey and bayonets. As civil war ravages the Congo, the lucky ones find a home--and a regular meal--in a ramshackle building that serves as both brothel and refuge. Whether merchant, miner or soldier, the man you meet in the morning may be your enemy by sundown. Yet all of them come through Mama's door for booze and a bit of comfort. Mama Nadi protects her girls with rough compassion, even as she profits from their bodies.
This celebrated script tells an intense and important tale filled with humanity, hope and unexpected humor. When Mama talks, you better listen.