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Release Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2013

HFCC to present Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Ruined” April 11-21

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013 to Sun, 04/21/2013

HFCC's Fine Arts and Fitness Division presents “Ruined,” which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. from April 11-21 in the Adray Auditorium of the MacKenzie Fine Arts Building.

Directed by award-winning professional Director Christopher Bremer, “Ruined” is based on Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. This humanitarian piece illustrates the multiple tragedies of the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The play examines the political, economic and cultural forces at work in a small mining town through the life of Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman who takes in raped and rejected women, selling them to both government soldiers and rebels in the bar where many take refuge.

“Ruined” is especially relevant to students in political science, philosophy, psychology and sociology courses. This haunting work is a must-see about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war.

Only 65 seats are available per performance for this intimate staging. 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

American College Theatre Festival
Irene Ryan Nominations
Certificate of Merit-Scenic Design: Gerry Dzuiblinski
Certificate of Merit-Slide Show: Smantha York, Tim Pollock


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