The atrocity is still unfolding in the Democractic Republic of Congo. Last month the U.N. reported a new spate of mass rapes committed by government soldiers and rebel forces in the ongoing conflict in the troubled eastern part of the country. Tragically, the development is no new wrinkle in the civil struggle that has wracked Congo in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After what she calls her pilgrimage to Africa, playwright Lynn Nottage set her 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined in a combination rainforest bar and brothel on the edge of a Congolese village. There, Mama Nadi presides, protects and profits off a group of women who are not only the pawns of war, but of the unconscionable battlefield on which it is waged. On this human chessboard, if the women can manage the trigger-point tensions of their clientele, everyone survives. If not ... This gripping drama is presented through Feb. 20 at the theater in Farrison-Newton Communications Building. Tickets are $10, $5 for students; for reservations, call 530-5170. —Byron Woods
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