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Actress Dawn Ursula talks about her role as a brothel keeper in the Congo

Actress Dawn Ursula talks about her role as a brothel keeper in the Congo

We don’t see Dawn Ursula’s hair until the final scene of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Ruined,” now at Everyman Theatre. For most of the show, Ursula keeps every strand of that hair hidden beneath a series of brightly colored, tightly wrapped African scarves: blue, then green, then gold. As the show’s main character, Mama Nadi, the owner of a bar/brothel in the war-torn eastern Congo, Ursula has to keep a lot of things hidden away from the violent soldiers who are her customers, the sweet-talking salesmen who are her suppliers, and the treacherous women who work for her: her money, her diamond, her feelings, her body. Ursula, a two-time...

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