If you’re in the NYC area, I highly encourage you to get your pretty little behind to Fordham University this weekend and next to see Ruined by Lynn Nottage. It plays February 22nd and 23rd at 8PM, as well as February 27th, 28th and March 1st also at 8PM. Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for general admission.
I assisted the director Isis Misdary on this show and I can tell you that it’s been such an amazing learning process. It’s a crazy show— With rain and gunfire a la Bertolt Brecht and it’s probably worth mentioning that the set is a military truck. That’s right kids, Fordham University bought an actual, fucking military truck, broke it apart and reassembled it on our mainstage. The acting is wonderful, the costumes are gorgeous, the lights spectacular and all of that good stuff…
But, most importantly I think, is the story. This is a story of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are victims of sexual violence and rape as an act of war, who attempt to rise above their station and survive any way they can. It’s a story of love, pain, heartbreak, empowerment and disenfranchisement. And sure, it may be set in a land far, far away that we can only dream of experiencing. But, take a look at your cell phone and think… How many people lose their lives mining this Coltan to make this in the Congo?
Diatribe aside, it’s a beautiful show, and a necessary show. If you’re a survivor of sexual violence, if someone you love is a survivor, or if you simply want to be a little closer to the world around you and see some great theatre, Ruined is the show for you.