BC’s Theatre Laboratory presents “Ruined,” which is scheduled to open 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 through the 21 at the Berea College Jelkyl Theatre. An evocative production directed by Professor Adanma Barton, “Ruined” is a spice of comfort and uncomfortable subjects that cannot be avoided, but must be told.
Inspired by “Mother Courage and Her Children,” a play written by 20th century German poet, playwright and theater director Eugen Bertolt Brecht, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Ruined,” is based on a true story, bringing to the world stage the terrors of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ruined is a play that must be seen. Tickets are on sale at the Jelkyl Theatre box office, and is free to all students with BC’s student ID. Attendees are advised that “Ruined” is not suitable for children due to its strong language and content. The following are some excerpts from “Ruined” Crew and Cast members.
“Ruined” is a Pulitzer prize winning play that explores life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The playwright, Lynn Nottage, traveled to the Congo to interview women who served as inspiration for characters in the play. Although the play is almost 10 years old, the themes are still very much relevant to modern times. How much does America truly know about what is going on in Africa? How important are human rights and more specifically the rights of women who are used as tools in war? It is my hope that the Berea College Theatre Laboratory production will inspire further thinking and investigation on these themes.” Adanma O. Barton, director of “Ruined” and Associate Professor of Theatre
“Performing in ‘Ruined’ has let me fully embrace how much of a positive change that the BC Theatre program has placed in me these past few years. I remember coming in so timid and close to giving up on myself, and now I think, “Is this really me?” and I smile so much because of it. After graduating, I will be performing as well as writing materials, mostly in the form of screenwriting. I want to get others to understand how important empathy is in today’s world, as it is so needed in this moment. I came to BC close-minded and scared, and I am leaving with such a fire and a clear picture of who I am and what I want in life – and with a huge smile on my face, of course.” ~Sala Dia, who portrays Salima
“Mama Nadi is the proud ‘don’t-take-no-mess'” maternal figure in the play. She runs a brothel in the midst of a civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Her character allows me to reflect on how I internalize my own issues in life. She constantly attempts to assure people that there is still positivity and stability, even though it seems as if the world is crumbling beneath her feet. I feel as if I am doing the same thing.” Trinisha Dupree, who portrays Mama Nadi
“Playing the role of Christian has taught me that you do not have to be an experienced actor to play a lead role.” Even for my first time acting,I felt confident in my abilities and did not falter. As an actor, I can see myself only improving from here.” Daryl Sullivan, who portrays Christian
“This show has been both a huge responsibility and a huge blessing.” It has so many moving parts, including a large cast and many complicated technical elements. It has been fantastic both being able to learn about the things going on in the DRC and watching the cast learn and grow as well. the most important lesson we have all been able to learn is how to help other people and give voices to the voiceless through our art. The audience should expect to see the love and the learning that has culminated within all those who have worked on this production.” Megan Newbanks, who is stage manager of “Ruined”