Ruined

January 16 to February 12, 2011
at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
Running Time: 2hrs 40 min

Obsidian Theatre Company in association with Nightwood Theatre
presents the Toronto Premiere of Ruined

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Philip Akin

“Passionate, courageous and acutely argued, “Ruined” is a remarkable theatrical accomplishment.” -Chicago Tribune

“Intense and gripping… the kind of new play we desperately need.” -Time Out New York

Set in a present-day small mining town in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) follows a young woman’s nightmarish path to Mama Nadi, a savvy businesswoman who, in the midst of a complex civil war, both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds.

At once heartbreaking and captivating, Ruined pays homage to the courageous and resilient women who must piece themselves together after the ruin.

Starring Yanna McIntosh and Sterling Jarvis with Richard Alan Campbell, Marci T. House, Daniso Ndhlovu, Muoi Nene, Thomas Olajide, Anthony Palmer, Sabryn Rock, Marc Senior, Andre Sills and Sophia Walker
Set Designed by Gillian Gallow
Costume Design by Nadine Grant
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Sound Design by Chris Stanton
Stage Managed by Michael Sinclair

LYNN NOTTAGE, Playwright
Lynn Nottage plays include Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, and Ruined. They have been produced at theatres both nationally and internationally, including the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Yale Rep., The Women’s Project, The Tricycle Theatre in London, among many others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 MacArthur Genius Award, an OBIE Award for playwriting, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Best play and John Gassner Outer Critics Circle awards, American Theatre Critics/Steinberg 2004 New Play Award, 2004 Francesca Primus Award, and 2 AUDELCO awards. She was awarded a 2007 Lucille Lortel Foundation Fellowship, 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award and the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. Lynn is also a recent graduate of New Dramatists.

PHILIP AKIN, Director
Philip Akin is an accomplished actor/director/producer and has been the Artistic Director for the Obsidian Theatre Company since 2006. Most Recent Directing: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage (2010) for Obsidian Theatre/ Citadel Theatre and the Canadian Stage Company, Factory Theatre: Toronto the Good by Andrew Moodie (2009), Obsidian Theatre Company: Black Medea by Wesley Enoch (2008),Born Ready by Joseph Jomo Pierre (2008), Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage (2008), International Playwrights Forum (2008) Upcoming: Shaw Festival: Topdog Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, Ground Zero Productions: West Indies Diary by Pat Darbasie

YANNA MCINTOSH, Mama Nadi
Recent credits:  Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Mme. Volange in Dangerous Liaisons, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Calphurnia in Julius Caesar, Helen of Troy in Trojan Women (Stratford Festival); Maud/Victoria in Cloud Nine (Mirvish Productions); Condoleeza Rice in Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Canadian Stage), Karen in the TMN series The Line and Deepa Mehta’s film Heaven on Earth.  Other credits:  Mary Stuart, Phedre (Soulpepper Theatre);  Michael Healey’s Generous; Kyra in the Toronto premiere of David Hare’s Skylight (Dora award) (Tarragon Theatre); The Syringa Tree (Dora Nomination), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage);  The Monument (Dora Nomination), The Piano Lesson (Obsidian Theatre);  Hedda Gabler (Dora Nomination) (Volcano Theatre),  Lambton Kent (Volcano/Edinburgh Festival); the title role in Florence Gibson’s Belle (Dora nomination) (Factory Theatre/NAC);  Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Bear (NAC); Athol Fugard’s Valley Song (Dora Award)(New Globe Theatre);  Trace, which she co-wrote and performed; Tartuffe (ART), A Fertile Imagination (Theatre Passe Muraille), Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Young People’s Theatre) and The Illusion, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night (Stratford Festival). Yanna has taught at the National Theatre School and Humber College directing students in productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Richard III. Film and television credits include Doomstown (Gemini Award), Finn’s Girl, This is Wonderland, The Sentinel, A Raisin in the Sun and Riverdale.

STERLING JARVIS, Christian
Born in Digby, Nova Scotia and raised in Toronto, Sterling Jarvis started performing at a young age. Described by the media as “red-hot” and “honey voiced”, this two-time Juno award nominee can be heard singing the television theme songs for Donkey Kong Country and Zaboomafoo, as well as several television and radio commercials. He was recently seen on the big screen in The Sentinel with Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, and Kim Basinger, and has appeared in commercials as a spokesperson for Rogers and Kellogg’s All Bran Bars.  Other credits include: Perfect Strangers (CBS); The Eleventh Hour (CTV); The West Wing (NBC); Felicity (Warner Bros.); ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Global/Court TV). On stage, Sterling performed as “Simba” and “Pumba” in the Toronto production of Disney’s The Lion King, as well as “Crooks” in the Canadian Stage production, Of Mice and Men. He recently appeared as “Duff” in the hit musical by Queen, We Will Rock You, a show that’s been described as an unstoppable juggernaut of entertainment and has played to over one million audience members in its two-and-a-half year run. Sterling has lent his voice to various charitable events, including the Easter Seals Telethon, The Actors’ Fund, Run for the Cure, Theatre by the Bay, and is featured on billboards and in public service announcements across the city of Toronto, promoting Toronto Police Services’ and Cybertip’s internet safety campaign, “Every Keystroke Has A Consequence.”

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