Extras & Insights
Yes, have another beer, my friend
Wipe away the angry tears, my friend
Get drunk and foolish on the moment,
Brush aside the day’s heavy judgment.
Cuz you come here to forget,
You say drive away all regret.
And dance like it’s the ending
The ending of the war.
— Sophie, Ruined
Crumbs for the Table of Wisdom: Lynn Nottage
Meet the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and activist behind Ruined.
Soul Survivors: Ruined and Mother Courage
Uncover Lynn Nottage’s inspiration for Ruined.
A Nation of Resilience: A Brief History of the DRC
Journey through the complex history of the setting for Ruined.
A Country Speaks
Parlez vous Lingala? Hear more about the diversity of languages of the Congo.
The Heart of Darkness in the DRC: The Ituri Conflict
Investigate the conflicts in the Ituri province that led to the Second Congo War.
The Rhythm of the Night: Congolese Song and Dance
“Dance like it’s the ending of the war” with an exploration of traditional and modern Congolese song and dance.
From Black Dirt to Precious Ore
Dig deeper to discover more about the world’s mobile mineral: coltan.
A Multilayered Society: Congolese Clothing
Grab your pagne and adorn yourself in the rich traditions of Congolese clothing.
Your Battles on My Body
Learn about the ongoing atrocities against women in the DRC.
Engage at Arena Stage
A FREE panel discussion series on Ruined.
Eager to make a difference? Check out our list of human right's organizations dedicated to ending the conflict in the DRC.
Resources for Ruined
Learn more with our list of recommended books, CDs, and DVDs.
The Words of the Congo: A Glossary of Terms in Ruined
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