Jenna Jules to Star
Lynn Nottage, cred: John Lamparski, WireImage.com
Lynn Nottage’s play inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, Ruined, will be produced by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, and the cast and creative have now been announced. The cast will star Jenny Jules as Mama Nadi, Jeremiah W. Birkett as Christian, Rachael Holmes as Sophie, Donetta Lavina Grays as Salima, Larence Redmond as Mr. Harari, and Jamairais Malone as Josephine.
Running at the Finchlander from April 22-June 5, Ruined will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Full casting and creative will announced at a later date.
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike.
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