**NEW DATE**†Nov. 28-Dec. 2: Marymount Manhattan Students Perform Ruined in the Theresa Lang Theatre
September 30, 2012
Performances: November 28 - December 1 at 8 p.m.; December 2 at 2 p.m.
Location: Theresa Lang Theatre
Cost: General admission: $10; senior citizens & students with valid ID: $5; TDF vouchers accepted. Admission is free for MMC students, alumni, faculty, and staff with valid MMC ID card.
Reservations and Information: (212) 774-0760 or in person at the Theatre Office (Reservations begin November 7 at 11AM)
Donations from Ruined to Benefit Congolese Women
The latest theatrical production at Marymount Manhattan College is instilling chilling awareness of the continuing atrocities taking place in Democratic Republic of Congo. Ruined, from playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by David Mold, Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts, captures the real-world problems facing many women in the that turbulent African country, and is catalyzing audience members to donate towards fistula treatment surgery.
In honor of the playís four female lead characters, Professor Mold and his cast have added a humanitarian element to the performances. Each show includes an opportunity to donate money to The Fistula Foundation, which financially supports the fistula surgery at the Panzi Hospital of Bukavu in DRC. Dr. Denis Mukwege, a women's rights activist, provides the fistula treatment surgery for free, at a total cost of about $450 per patient. The cast aims to sponsor surgery for four women, in recognition of Ruinedís four main female personas.
Set in the war ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, Ruined presents the lives of young women living and working in a rain forest bar and brothel run by the enterprising Mama Nadi. Mama offers a safe haven for these young women from the military forces of both the government and rebels. At the same time, she profits from their lives. The play brutally depicts how the bodies of these young women become the battlefield for both sides and how people maintain their humanity in the most inhuman of circumstances.