Staff Writer Justin Clark
Before watching the HFCC Theatre department production of Ruined, I had only a basic understanding of its subject matter. Despite this, I left HFCC Auditorium from the April 13th performance feeling deeply affected, and with much to think about.
Quite often in popular opinion, theater is regulated to mere “entertainment." But it also has the potential to educate the public on issues that have gone largely unnoticed. Henry Ford Community College Fine Arts and Fitness Division presents Lynn Nottage’s drama Ruined, now through April 21.
RUINED AT HFCC
By Sue Suchyta
April 14, 2013
HFCC’s Theatre Arts raises the bar with its intense and edgy portrayal of Ruined. The show, set in the present day, centers on the war-ravaged Congo and its weary civilian survivors, especially the women, who face violence against their gender in a land without laws.
A stage version of the novel, Bridge to Terabithia, adapted by Katherine Patterson and Stephanie Tolan, opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 for the public, and at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 for school matinees in Adray Auditorium at the Mackenzie Fine Arts Center on the campus of Henry Ford Community College.
The show follows two children, Leslie and Jesse, who learn to trust each other and their imaginations to create a magical, imaginary world in the woods that they name Terabithia. Facing one’s fears and dealing with grief are also lessons interwoven into the show.