The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to announce its final main stage production of the season, Ruined, by Lynn Nottage. The 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, this play is based on the struggles endured by women during the civil war of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mama Nadi runs a “clean” bar that provides a job and security for women. These women have ended up there after being driven from their homes, communities, marriages and families by forms of violence encountered in the war. They are only “safe” with Mama if they continue to keep the customers occupied. Based on factual events, this play contains adult content and language.
Directed by Karl V. Norman, the ensemble cast consists of a large group of talented GSU students. The production staff includes Hardy Bates as set, light, and sound designer, Teshia Lincoln as costume designer, D’Andrea Wilson as prop mistress, and Jamila Hickman as stage manager.
Costs for the performances are $3 for students and $5 for general. Box office will be open the week prior to the first performance, as well as the week of the performance, from the hours of 1pm-5pm Monday through Thursday. For more information, please call Mrs. Modest at 251-2201.
Cast members include: Tiana Alexander as Mama Nadi; Trichia Cadette as Josephine; Kris Bailey as Sophie; Ashlee Lackey as Salima; Orlando Lewellen as Christian; Cedric Clarke as Mr. Harari; Sean Turner as Jerome Kisembe; Curtis Maxey as Commander Osembenga; Willie Miller as Simon; Jared Johnnie as Government Soldier One; Kendrick Smith as Government Soldier Two/Minor; Patrick Johnnie as Rebel Soldier One/Rebel Soldier Three; and Shaina Rogers as Aid Worker.