Broadway's Eclipsed Launches "10,000 Girls Campaign"

News   Broadway's Eclipsed Launches "10,000 Girls Campaign" Eclipsed producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey have announced that the Broadway-bound drama, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 23 at the John Golden Theatre, has launched a campaign to bring 10,000 girls to see the show.

Through the "10,000 Girls Campaign," 16-24 year-old girls from the Tri-State area who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a Broadway show, will be given tickets to see Eclipsed, which will officially open March 6.

"Theatre has the power to unleash dreams, ignite conversations, and inspire change," said producers Byrd and Jones-Harvey in a statement. "Through the ‘10,000 Girls Campaign,’ we’re excited to share this empowering gift with young women."

"The National Urban League is proud to partner with Front Row Productions and share this triumphant story of women’s empowerment," added Marc Morial, president of The National Urban League.

"I wrote this play and gave it the title Eclipsed for young girls and women to be celebrated, to see their intrinsic value and light despite a world that may tell them otherwise. Ten thousand girls pursues that vision by exposing girls and young women to theater they would never otherwise see, and exposing them to women performers who look like them shine onstage. I hope and believe this initiative will spark a mind, an imagination, and awakens the many giants within these young women," stated Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira, who is a spokeswoman for the initiative.

Individuals or organizations can sponsor girls by making a tax-deductible donation through the Broadway Education Alliance by clicking here. For more information visit www.tenthousandgirls.com. Set in Liberia, Gurira’s Eclipsed comes to Broadway following an acclaimed run at The Public Theater last fall.

Eclipsed, which stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh, is directed by Liesl Tommy. The production tells the story of "five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community... one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength."

The Golden Theatre is located at 252 W. 45th Street. For tickets and additional information, visit EclipsedBroadway.com.

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