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La Jolla Playhouse’s new drama shows lives ‘Ruined’ by war

La Jolla Playhouse’s new drama shows lives ‘Ruined’ by war

By Diana Saenger

Contributor

With stories of war-torn countries and savage atrocities broadcast daily by the media, it’s courageous when a playwright tackles those same subjects. Lynn Nottage won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for her war drama “Ruined.” Directed by Liesl Tommy (and a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company) the play opens at the La Jolla Playhouse on Nov. 16.

The story takes place in a small besieged town in Democratic Republic of Congo where a woman runs a brothel for soldiers. It’s a way for Mama Nadi (Tonye Patano) to have an income, make the...

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