April 11 – 28, 2013.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm (4/11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27) and Sundays at 2 pm (4/14, 21, 28) at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors (65+) or $15 for students and active military, or $10 on Thursday nights.
Reservations are available at 919-834-4001 or by visiting www.burningcoal.org.
On Saturday, April 27th a wine & cheese reception will be held at the theatre to sell prints of the paintings created specifically for the set of RUINED by Raleigh-based, South African born painter Morag Charlton. Funds will go to support a future collaboration between Burning Coal and The Theatre Company of Kenya. Any ticket holder to RUINED may attend.
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama is set in the present day Congo in Africa amidst the political and economic upheaval of that ravaged country’s civil war. The play is about “Mama Nadi”, a kind of Congolese ‘Mother Courage’, who has created a relatively safe environment (a bar that doubles as a brothel) for the half-dozen or so young women who work for her. But, as the civil war becomes more brutal and the stakes are raised, even Mama’s bar becomes the target of violence. The play is about the way in which Mama uses her wits to remain apolitical in the midst of a highly charged environment, and ultimately asks if her decision is the right one.
ABOUT Rebecca Holderness
Rebecca Holderness has directed twelve shows for Burning Coal in sixteen years. They include Love’s Labours Lost , Einstein’s Dreams (three times), Romeo & Juliet, A Doll’s House, Travesties, James Joyce’s ‘the Dead’, Miss Julie, Crowns (twice) and Twelfth Night. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeee and has recently directed Burning Coal’s Crowns at the Temple in Sanford and our Einstein’s Dreams in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Vassar. She recently directed King Lear with Dennis Krausnick at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.