I recently saw the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined put on by Manhattan Theater Club. Set in present-day civil war-torn Congo, the story unfolds in Mama Nadi’s brothel. From its playful beginning to its horrific climax and heartening denouement, the acting, the music, the dialogue all work together to achieve a story as politically powerful as it is simple, universal, and human.
Bio: Katherine Dykstra is the nonfiction editor at Guernica. Her interview with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, “Cracked, Not Shattered”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/705/cracked_not_shattered/, appeared in Guernica‘s August 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1133/staff_pick_katherine_dykstra_1/.