The play concerns women caught in the crossfire of the civil war in Liberia. Performances play Sept. 13-Oct. 18, with an opening of Sept. 20.
The cast of Eclipsed will feature (in alphabetical order) Edwina Findley, Miriam Glover, Michael Hyatt, Kelly M. Jenrette and Bahni Turpin.
Gurira is the Obie Award-winning actress and writer whose In the Continuum played at the Douglas in 2006. She reunites with director Robert O'Hara to bring the West Coast premiere of her latest work to Los Angeles audiences.
Here's how CTG bills the play: "Eclipsed, a compelling portrait of transformation and renewal, is set in 2003 during Liberia's vicious civil war and follows the lives of a rebel commanding officer's 'wives' as the women form a tightly-knit community and struggle for a degree of humanity in a hostile war zone. Their world is soon affected, however, by the arrival of two newcomers and the unceremonious return of a former 'wife' turned rebel soldier. At once chilling and humanizing, Eclipsed dives deep into the wreckage of war and finds with surprising humor and compassion how each woman navigates, and at times, defies, the most hostile of circumstances in order to survive."
The creative team includes set designer Sibyl Wickersheimer, costume designer Alex Jaeger, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl, sound designer Adam Phalen and composer Kathryn Bostic. The production stage manager is Amy Bristol Brownewell. Tickets for Eclipsed are on sale starting July 31 and are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.