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Friday Talk-Backs after performances of RUINED 
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 Theater-lovers consider this play a must-see production. It’s heartbreaking, but the civil war in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues unabated. The play not only examines that situation, it explores the humanity of the people in its finely drawn characters. We think you'll agree, the work of our Ensemble cast of 18 actors and musicians is superlative. 

RUINED is set in a tin mining town in Africa's DRC. In Mama Nadi’s bar, which doubles as a brothel, the establishment's shrewd matriarch keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of refugee women, many already ''ruined". Trigger Warning: war crimes against women

Two weekends remain. Friday night shows are followed by talk-backs with special guests from CONGO RESTORATION, and NEW FRIENDS NEW LIFE. Friday discussions will cover the play itself, the situation and options for African women and girls who have suffered attack as a weapon of war, and the local work of helping formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children start over. (Click logos for information.)

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From the TheaterJones review by Martha Heimberg...

"... the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is staged in a powerful and intimate co-production of Echo Theatre and Denise Lee Onstage at the Bath House Cultural Center. Pam Myers-Morgan directs her first-rate 18-member ensemble with naturalistic style and the pulse of beating drums. ...Be warned: Mama and her girls will break your hearts and win you over before you leave her bar, a place battered by destructive militia but restored by a fierce and loving female will."

read full review HERE

Nancy Churnin’s DMN article on M. Denise Lee, who portrays Mama Nadi in Ruined...

"This isn't a story about Africans or African-Americans. It is a story of survival. It is about our common humanity."

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A mini-review from Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News...

"...intense production...compelling performances"..."

read full review HERE


From Jerome Weeks' review for KERA on ArtandSeek...

"'Ruined’ – Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from 2009 – may be Echo Theatre’s finest stage production. ... Pam Meyers-Morgan has directed ‘Ruined’ with a sure hand, and it must be said one of the show’s achievements (and pleasures) is seeing fourteen, local, African-American actors in an ensemble."

read full review HERE

Erik Jenkins, as a government soldier, tries to talk to Whitney LaTrice Coulter,

as Sophie, while Kyndal Robertson, as Josephine, looks on.     photo: Rebecca Brooks

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