Hampton Va. – The Hampton University Players & Co. presents the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Ruined.” The performance will take place in the Little Theatre in Armstrong Hall, Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.
Written by Lynn Nottage, “Ruined” is set in a brothel in a small mining town located in a tropical rain forest in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. The playtransports the audience into the heads of the rape victims and their rapists to create a full-immersion drama of shocking complexity and moral ambiguity. In the past, war meant rape and unthinkable brutality for all women caught in its path. The same is true of war today, for in a paternalistic world, the plight of women is incredibly complex. “Ruined” explores this harsh subject, not only with harsh realism, but also with surprising humor that slices through the pain like ice on a hot day.
Amy Broad, director and producer at Documentary Advocacy Tribute Environmental Educational Marketing, will be directing the production. C. Perry Otto is the scenic and lighting designer, Faye Walker will serve as choreographer and Courtney Beard will serve as the vocal director for the production of “Ruined.”
The cast of “Ruined”features LeRoyce Bratsveen, Jasmine Anthony, Imani Clark, Rhyan Weller, Robert Williams, Cameron Cox, Gavin Harden, James Wynn, Duane Richards, Clayton Wells, Antonio Dill-Word, David Patton, Bethany LaMarr, Avante Henry, Jillian Jones, Julian Serchion and Montrey DeLoatch.
The Hampton Players and Co. is a professionally run performing ensemble. The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.
General admission tickets are $10. Children/ Non-HU students and senior citizens are $8. HU students with ID are free. Tickets are available at the HU Box Office. For more information call 727-5236 or 727-5402.