Casting set for Lynn Nottage's 'Ruined' at Geffen Playhouse
Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Ruined" will make its L.A. debut at the Geffen Playhouse in September, in a co-production with Seattle's Intiman Theatre. On Friday, the companies announced that a number of the cast members from the Chicago and off-Broadway staging will reprise their roles in the joint production.
The returning actors include Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Russell G. Jones and Condola Rashad -- all of whom performed in the play at the Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. In addition, the actress Portia will reprise her role as Mama Nadi, which she took over from Obie-winner Saidah Arrika Ekulona during the New York run of the show.
Kate Whoriskey, who staged the original production, is returning as director. Whoriskey is set to assume the role of the artistic director of the Intiman Theatre in 2011, succeeding Bartlett Sher.
"Ruined" will play at the Intiman from July 9 to Aug. 8, and then transfer to the Geffen for a run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 17. The drama is set in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, and follows the comings and goings of a bar-brothel run by Mama Nadi.
In addition to winning the Pulitzer, the play also received the Obie, Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.
-- David Ng
Photo: Lynn Nottage on the set of the New York production of "Ruined." Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times
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