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Ruined Cast

  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine

    Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Salima

    Quincy originated this role in the world premiere of Ruined at the Goodman and Manhattan Theatre Club, winning Obie, Clarence Derwent and Audelco Awards. Other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Family Week (MCC, dir. Jonathan Demme); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Lincoln Center Theater); The Misanthrope (New York Theatre Workshop); Chicken (Studio Dante); A Small, Melodramatic Story (The Public Theater/LAByrinth); ‘nami (Partial Comfort Productions); (I am) Nobody’s Lunch, The Ladies, Paris Commune and Gone Missing (all with The Civilians); Matt & Ben (P.S. 122 and National Tour) and The Trail of Her Inner Thigh (LAByrinth), among others. Her regional credits include Woolly Mammoth, O’Neill Theatre Center, Williamstown, Sundance Theatre Lab, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Long Wharf, La Jolla Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Virginia Stage and others. Film/TV: Rachel Getting Married (dir. Jonathan Demme); HBO Voyeur Project; Chappelle’s Show; Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; All My Children. Training: Brown University (BA), UC San Diego (MFA). She is a member of The Civilians and LAByrinth Theater Company.


  • Cherise Boothe

    Cherise Boothe as Josephine

    Cherise is making her Geffen debut. She originated this role in the Goodman/MTC world premiere of Ruined. Other theatre: August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center), Ohio State Murders (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, Theatre for a New Audience), King Hedley II (Signature Theatre), The Blacks (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane), The Book Club Play, Insurrection: Holding History (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Blues for an Alabama Sky (BTF/ Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film/TV: Inside Man (dir. Spike Lee), Then She Found Me (dir. Helen Hunt), The Wool Cap (with Keke Palmer and William H. Macy), Everyone’s Hero (animation), Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife. Training: New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. Deepest gratitude to God, family and friends. www.cheriseboothe.com


  • Tonga yi Chirisa

    Tonga yi Chirisa as Jerome Kisembe/Soldier

    Tongayi, a Zimbabwean actor and singer, played “Detective Trevor Davies” in the ever-popular Zimbabwean soapie Studio 263. He has appeared in numerous feature films, the most well known being Tanyaradzwa, for which he won the Best Actor for Film and Television Award. He starred in a serial radio drama Mopani Junction, which was taken off air at the height of political turmoil in Zimbabwe. Tongayi studied for a Bachelors Degree in Live Performance at AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance). He has been nominated for, and won, many National Arts Merit Awards in Zimbabwe and was nominated for an African Movie Academy Award. His credits include the lead in the comedy feature film Mr. Bones 2: Back from the Past; a dramatic appearance in the mini-series Rough (dir. Andy Wilson); the international feature Skin (dir. Anthony Fabian, co-starring Sam Neill and Sophie Okonedo); and a supporting role in a local drama series Redemption for SABC1. He portrayed “Friday” on the NBC international television series Crusoe, opposite Philip Winchester, Sean Bean and Sam Neill, based on the classic story Robinson Crusoe. He can also be seen in the BBC film Mrs. Mandela, starring Sophie Okonedo. www.tongayichirisa.com


  • Carl Cofield

    Carl Cofield as Fortune/Soldier/Miner

    Carl was seen in Ruined at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Intiman Theatre. His other New York credits include Muddy the Water at The BE Company and Cobb at the Lucille Lortel. Regional credits include: Cuttin’ Up, The Piano Lesson, The Misanthrope at Arena Stage; Sleuth and Cuttin’ Up at the Alliance; Gem of the Ocean at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Intimate Apparel at Milwaukee Rep; The Old Settler at the Studio Theatre; A Night in Tunisia, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida for Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Private Lives, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Coriolanus and Hamlet for Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Mud, River, Stone; Henry V, Arms and the Man with The Acting Company. Other theaters include Berkeley Rep, the McCarter and others. Television and film credits: Miami Vice, Law & Order, America’s Most Wanted and others. Thanks to my family. www.carlcofield.com.


  • Russell G. Jones

    Russell G. Jones as Christian

    Russell originated this role in the world premiere of Ruined at the Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club, winning Obie, Audelco and Black Theater Alliance Awards, and receiving Outer Critics Circle and Joseph Jefferson nominations. Some other theatre credits include A View from 151st Street at The Public Theater, Our Lady of 121st Street at Union Square Theater, God, the Crackhouse and the Devil at La Mama, The Death of Don Flagrante Delicto at Greenwich Street Theatre and In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings at Center Stage, NY. Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City. Film: Turntable (2006 Best Actor, San Diego Noir Festival), Traffic (SAG Ensemble Award: Outstanding Cast Performance), Squeeze, The Saint of Avenue B and Companions. Mr. Jones has been a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1995.