CAST & CREW
Stage Manager | Prudence Kalipinde
Operations Manager | Kudakwashe Kanembirira
Associate Artistic Director | Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa
A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR KUDZAI SEVENZO
Reading “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage for the first time, was like a slap on the face. A slap I probably needed. The play, with its powerful yet flawed characters shook me out of my complacency and shocked me with its brutal portrayal of the effects of war on women and society as a whole. I was challenged as an actress/playwright by the importance of telling pertinent stories from Africa, particularly stories that show how women and girls become so vulnerable in wars. When one member of a community is violated, ultimately the entire community has been violated. Lynn Nottage tells a beautiful yet harrowing story of friendship and war, greed and compassion, despair and hope, giving both villain and hero, a vulnerability that unites us all in our humanity. Rehearsals started Monday, in the middle of a heat wave in Harare with temperatures soaring to a record high. Not ideal weather for rehearsals, but this did not deter the actors at all. We sat around a table and started our first reading of the play. It was refreshing to engage the actors after the reading, as they were very engrossed in the story and came up with some wonderful insights on the rich and sometimes complex characters.