By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre

April 16 – May 1, 2011

Entertainment and escape await at Mama Nadi’s bar and brothel in civil-war-torn Congo. But is she protecting or profiting from the women she shelters? Inspired by her interviews with Congo refugees, Nottage has crafted an uncommonly human story with humor and song served alongside postcolonial and feminist politics. Ruined was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.


Mama Nadi | Nedra Dixon*
Sophie | Caroline Gombe*
Salima | Samra Teferra
Josephine | Chioma Anyanwu
Christian | Walter Coppage*
Mr. Harari | John Rensenhouse*
Commander Osembenga | Mykel Hill*
Jerome Kisembe | Damron Russel Armstrong*
Fortune/Miner | Tosin Morohunfola
Simon/Soldier | Rufus Burns
Laurent/Soldier | Bradley Turner
Soldier/Miner | John L. Lewis IV
Guitarist/Miner/Soldier | Richard Gumbel
Drummer/Soldier | Pablo Sanhueza
Aid Worker | Kaevan Tavakolinia


Director | Ricardo Khan
Stage Manager | Jinni Pike*
Scenic Designer | Erin Walley
Lighting Designer | Latrice Lovett
Sound Designer | Ryan Matthew Hall

Costume Designer | Megan Turek
Properties Designer | Kristin Yager
Dramaturg | Natalie Liccardello
Dialect Coach | Erika Bailey
Sound Board Operator | Matthew McAndrews

Technical Director | Aaron Roose
Unicorn Technical Supervisor | Glenn Lewis
Production Assistant | Renee Caldwell
Production Assistant | Kaevan Tavakolinia
Backstage Crew | Jacqueline Ciprain