*Playwright Lynn Nottage is writing a teleplay of her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined, to be produced by HBO Films and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The story follows a tough brothel/bar-keeper named Mama Nadi, who is trying to make a buck in the chaos of civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, atrocities external and under her own roof threaten her and the lives of those she is protecting.
Following its co-world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club, the play is blossoming in regional theatres throughout North America.
A rep for Nottage told the L.A. Times that the project is in the early stages. No production or presentation timeline has been announced.
On Sept. 20, Nottage won the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. Presented by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the award includes a $200,000 cash prize. The Nov. 8 award ceremony will be presented at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.
In addition to earning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined was presented with a host of honors including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Music for a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, two Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Play and Four OBIE Awards including Best New American Play.