Illuminating the Unseen: Bringing Awareness to War-Rape and Survivors

By: Georgia Pettygrove In Ruined‘s introduction, Kate Whoriskey describes how “[theater] has an incredible capacity for illuminating the unseen, reshaping history, bringing out empathy and providing social commentary.” As the Second Congo Civil War continued in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lynn Nottage traveled to East Africa to write Ruined and, in the process,Continue reading “Illuminating the Unseen: Bringing Awareness to War-Rape and Survivors”

The Power of Plays: Acknowledging the Devastations of the Past While Appreciating the Power of the Present

Plays are a form of literature that are much more personal than books. They allow the audience to connect, understand, and acknowledge each character’s vulnerability. The nature of plays is especially vital in Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined because of the sensitive content she writes about. Nottage writes the play based on the stories of multipleContinue reading “The Power of Plays: Acknowledging the Devastations of the Past While Appreciating the Power of the Present”