Ruined: Lynn Nottageï¿½s Pulitzer Prize winning play, announces 6 week extension
Manhattan Theatre Club have announced that Portia will join the cast of Ruined, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage, on 26 May at New York City Center ï¿½ Stage I.
Portia will assume the role of ï¿½Mama Nadi,ï¿½ which is currently played by Saidah Arrika Ekulona. Ekulona will play her final performance as ï¿½Mama Nadiï¿½ on 17 May 2009. Ekulona is departing Ruined to fulfill an earlier professional commitment.
Understudy Victoire Charles will play the role of ï¿½Mama Nadiï¿½ during the interregnum.
Portia received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role as 'Opal' in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of Stephen Belberï¿½s 'McReele.' She also appeared in the production of Stephen Adly Guirgisï¿½ 'Our Lady of 121st Street' for which she received Lucille Lortel, Drama League, and AUDELCO Award nominations. She last appeared Off-Broadway in the Signature Theatre Company's production of 'Zooman and the Sign.'
Ruined, directed by Kate Whoriskey, opened at NY City Center Stage I on 10 Feb 2009, following previews from 21 Jan, where it is playing an extended engagement rhough to 28 Jun 2009.
Ruined is the most acclaimed new play of 2009, having received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle, two Lucille Lortel Award including Outstanding Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, a Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, five Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding New Play, and two Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Play.
Ruined opened to excellent reviews: "stirring and sometimes startling new work" (NY Daily News); "Beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important" (NewsDay); "powerful new drama" (AP); "emotionally scorching new play" (Variety) and "a crackling thriller with humor, plot twists and lots of humanity.ï¿½ (NY1)
Ruined: Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, the play follows Mama Nadi (Lenox), a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?
Ruined is a co-production with Chicagoï¿½s Goodman Theatre where it opened to rave reviews for Nottageï¿½s play, the ensemble cast, and director Kate Whoriskey.
Ruined also features Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Salima), Cherise Boothe (Josephine), Chris Chalk (Jerome Kisembe/Soldier/Aid Worker), William Jackson Harper (Simon/Soldier/Miner), Chikï¿½ Johnson (Fortune), Russell G. Jones (Christian), Simon Shabantu Kashama (Soldier), Kevin Mambo (Commander Osembenga/Soldier), Tom Mardirosian (Mr. Harari), Ron McBee (Soldier) and Condola Rasha (Sophie).
The creative team for Ruined includes: Derek McLane (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lighting).