Danai Gurira's Eclipsed begins previews on Broadway Feb. 23 at the Golden Theatre. The new play, about a group of women being held captive in the African nation of Liberia, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.
The complete original cast from the Off-Broadway Public Theater production join the "12 Years a Slave" actress on the Broadway stage: Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh. The production is helmed by Liesl Tommy and is scheduled to officially open March 6.
The Off-Broadway production was extended twice and closed Nov. 29, 2015.
The "vitally important" play is a story of survival and resilience set in post-colonial Africa. Here's how the show is billed: "Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making."
Producers also previously noted that Eclipsed marks a historic moment on Broadway: "the first time the cast, director, and playwright are composed entirely of female artists, fitting for a production that so stunningly chronicles the experiences of a group of very resilient women."
Eclipsed is being produced on Broadway by Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Kenny Ozoude, Willette Klausner, Michael Magers and The Public Theater.