Five Reasons To See Ruined at GableStage
|The cast of Ruined.|
From our conversation, here are the five best reasons to see Ruined.
5. Ruined continues to grow in relevance.
The play is set in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mama Nadi, a good-natured madam, tries to run a brothel shielded from the realities of the civil war ensuing outside her doors. The play explores the ravaging effect of war and the capitalistic greed that has led to the nearby plundering of coltan, the mineral that powers our cell phones.
Adler: "So it's about capitalism at its worst and international business raping the minds and the resources of countries like the Congo. And then tribalism ensues, literally raping the women ... and the men. There's nothing being done about it since the year the play was produced. Not one new thing has been done to try to bring this to a halt."
4. Ruined makes for the largest cast GableStage has ever assembled.
Furthermore, 11 of the 12 members in the sprawling cast of Ruined are nonwhite, making the play a showcase for the cultural diversity of the South Florida acting community. The cast includes several actors familiar to GableStage audiences, including Lela Elam and Marckenson Charles, who have both won Carbonell Awards at GableStage. Also look out for Renata Eastlick, who appeared in Intimate Apparel; Sheaun McKinney, who shined in Brothers Size; Robert Strain, of Farragut North; and Jade Wheeler, from the theater's most recent production, Race.
Adler: "I wouldn't even think about doing a play that required this many actors if I didn't think they were available to me right here in South Florida. I think they rival the cast of any production that's been done of this play anywhere."