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Penn State Altoona to present theatre performance of RUINED

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 1810 hits

Penn State Altoona to present theatre performance of RUINED

Ruined, by playwright Lynn Nottage, is Penn State Altoona's spring production, and will run March 22 - 25, 2012, in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission.

Ruined is based in the war-torn rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A bar/brothel’s matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become a battleground between government soldiers and rebel forces alike.

A series of programs that expand on themes from the play and focus on the plight of women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will take place in the days prior to and after the performances.

At 7 p.m., February, 22 in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre, the Penn State Altoona student organization B.U.S.T (Being United for Social Transformation) will present "Why Be Outstanding When You Could Be Upstanding?" by Omékongo Dibinga. Omékongo is a spoken-word artist, motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, TV talk show host, and positive rapper.

From March 12 - April 1, artwork inspired by the Democratic Republic of Congo will be featured in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The artwork was created by Tyrone Area High School students under the direction of artist-in-residence Peter Frantz, executive director of Panzi Foundation USA, which supports the ongoing work of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo.

From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 20 and 21 in the Hawthorn lobby, B.U.S.T will staff an information table about the situation in the DR Congo, the Panzi Foundation, and opportunities for people to get involved. Also on March 20, beginning at noon in 135 Hawthorn, Lee Ann De Reus will present, Against All Odds: Stories of Hope and Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This lecture will explore the complexities contributing to rampant sexual violence toward women in the DR Congo. Based on research at Panzi Hospital, De Reus, who is an associate professor of human development and family studies and women's studies at Penn State Altoona, as well as co-founder of the Panzi Foundation, will share inspiring messages of hope, courage, and resilience.

Following each performance of Ruined, the cast and special guests will hold a talk back session to share the impact of the performance and discuss the situation in the DR Congo.

On Friday, March 23, a post-performance dessert will be held to support the work of Panzi Hospital. Special guests include Jacques Bahati, a Congolese citizen and policy analyst with the Africa Faith and Justice Network in Washington, D.C.; Youth Action Network students from Tyrone High School; Peter Frantz and Lee Ann De Reus, co-founders of Panzi Foundation USA. Panzi Benefit tickets are available by calling 814-931-1430 or via email at

Tickets for Ruined may be purchased at the box office, which is open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. You may also call 814-949-5452 for more information.

Media contact:
Marissa Carney, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations 814-949-5105

Web Contact:
Jonathan O'Harrow, Webmaster, University Relations 814-949-5105

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