Following a successful opening night and rave reviews, it looks like actress Lupita Nyong’o will be heading uptown for a Broadway run of Eclipsed. The currently off-Broadway play, which stars Nyong’o and was written The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira, will hit the big stage in February 2016.
Eclipsed, is set during the Liberian Civil War (1989–1996) and centers around a group of women, wives of rebel officers, who are being held captive. Nyong’o plays a new woman who enters the group, and the story centers around the chain of events following her arrival.
The upcoming Broadway installment of Eclipsed is a rare opportunity for Danai Gurira, as works written by women and people of color are pretty scarce on The Great White Way.
Gurira, who recently covered DuJour Magazine, says that she had been wanting to depict the story of women in the Liberian war for some time.
“I was enthralled by an image I saw in the New York Times in 2003 of women in the Liberian war right when it was at its climax,” Gurira tells DuJour. “There were some women rebel fighters who were getting attention in the Western press because no one had ever seen anything like this. I was raised in Africa and I had never seen anything like it, women with AK-47s, dressed very hip and looking formidable. I was keen to one day pursue that story and put it on the stage.”