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Congo’s Civil War Is Rich Seam for Prize-Winning Playwright

Playwright Lynn Nottage talks to Jeffrey Brown about her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Ruined," set during Congo's civil war.

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    It's set in a small bar in the Congo, but Lynn Nottage's recent Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Ruined" tells an epic story about the ravages of war, especially its impact on women.


    But is this who you want to be?


    I'm sorry, mama, but…


    No. No. I will put you out on your ass.

  • LYNN NOTTAGE, playwright:

    You get little sound bites in the news. You get the statistics. But I wanted to hear the narratives of the women. It's like, who are they? What is it like to be a woman who hasn't started this war, but finds herself trapped in the middle of a war?

    Nearly 5 million people have died in the Congo right now and, I thought, half of them are women and children, but yet we don't know their names. We don't know who they are. We don't know what their stories are.