Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) produces, develops, and presents contemporary theater work focused on the American experience. Since its founding in 1974, PTC has presented more than 200 world and Philadelphia premieres, with more than half of its world premieres touring to other major cities. These include Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Golden Age, Bill Irwin’s The Happiness Lecture, and Being Alive, conceived and directed by Billy Porter with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The company has received more than 50 Barrymore Awards from Theatre Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia premiere of Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Ruined, was the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Theatre Company's (PTC) 35th anniversary season. This production marked a continuation of PTC's ongoing commitment to presenting the work of contemporary American writers. Ruined, which takes place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, explores sexual violence against women during a time of war and political strife. In his review of the play on Broadway, the New York Times' Ben Brantley wrote, "[A] raw and genuine agony pulses within and finally bursts through this sturdy framework, giving Ruined an impact that lingers beyond its well-shaped, sentimental ending."
PTC hosted Nottage, a Brooklyn-born playwright and the recipient of a 2007 MacArthur "Genius Award," for a free public discussion in Philadelphia. Along with representatives from the Enough Project, HEAL Africa, Women's Campaign International, and the Penn Society for International Development, the theater also held a panel discussion titled "The World Behind Ruined: Facing the Truth of Congo" to discuss national advocacy efforts to end the conflict in the Congo.