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Ruined is the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Lynn Nottage is the author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel. This haunting, probing work is about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Responsible Audience: Strong language and mature themes. Situations of war and brutality. If in doubt, please read the play before attending.

This production is entered on the participating level in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theatre education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.

Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our theatre department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theatres across the nation.

HFCC was last honored as a regional winner in the KCACTF in 2004 with its production of The Tempest, directed by Dr. George Popovich.

April 11-14 and-18-21: Evenings at 8pm/Sundays at 2pm
Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and students. For further information or to make reservations, please contact Gerry Dzuiblinski at 313.845.9817 or via email at

Ruined Review

Sue Suchyta Dearborn Times Herald April 14, 2013: p. 21

By Sue Suchyta
Times-Herald Newspapers
April 14, 2013

HFC’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.


Justin Clark HFC Mirror News April 2013: p. 5

Review: Ruined
Staff Writer Justin Clark

Before watching the HFC Theatre department production of Ruined, I had only a basic understanding of its subject matter. Despite this, I left HFC Auditorium from the April 13th performance feeling deeply affected, and with much to think about.

Written by: Lynn Nottage
Directed by: Christopher Bremer
April 11-14 and-18-21: Evenings at 8pm/Sundays at 2pm

Cast and Crew


London Johnson: Christian
Candice Latham: Mama Nadi
Jamie Pappas: Priest
Brittany Lowery: Sophie
India Krishana Jackson: Salima
Cecelia Thomas: Josephine
K. Marcellus Hogan: Jerome Kisembe
Jason Burke: Mr. Harari
Richard Summersett Jr.: Osembenga
Timothy Pollack: Bodyguard/Aid Worker
Rico Norris: Fortune
Drake Highgate: Simon
Maurice Whisett: Laurent
Alexis Simmons, Jessika Robbins, Keena Harris, Starsha Varner: Bar Girls
Christopher Holland, Vicangelo Offutt, Joshua Neilson, A.J. Stone: Soldiers/Miners/Rebels
Dominic Lomuscio, Billy Thomas: Musicians
Michael Addo: Voice-Over Announcer

Christopher Bremer: Director
Gerard Dzublinski: Technical Director
Scott Ross: Lighting Designer
Judith Fletcher: Costume Designer
Anthony Lai: Sound Effects/Recording and Development
Alan Contino: Sound Engineer
Gerard Dzublinski, Dan Frederick: Rain System Design
Donald Cooker, Julie Pudulek, Samantha York: Rain System Desingers
Allen Batkiewski, Gerard Dzublinski: Lead Painters
Timothy Pollack: Assistant Director/Asst. Tech. Director/Armor
Andrea Wells-Preister: Stage Manager
Jamie Pappas: Deck Captain/Props
Samantha York: Dramaturg/Program/Projections/Lobby Display
Angie Lai: Dramaturgical Assistance
Gerard Dzublinski, Timothy Pollack: Properties Designers
Matt Nayes: Properties Master
Billy Thomas, Celica Thomas, Joshua Neilson: Properties Crew
Renee Hartert: Props/Lights/Set
Billy Thomas, Gerard Dzublinski, Michael Cochran, Jamie Pappas and The Company: Publicity
Octavia Griffin: Sound Board Operator
Renee Hartart: Light Board Operator/Assistant Master Electrician