Broadway Stars Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Public's Premiere of Eclipsed

News   Broadway Stars Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Public's Premiere of Eclipsed
The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the Off-Broadway premiere of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, starring "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o under the direction of Obie winner Liesl Tommy. The complete cast features a string of Broadway performers, including Saycon Sengbloh, whose credits include Hair, The Color Purple and Wicked.

The New York premiere is set to begin performances Sept. 29, with an official opening night Oct. 14. The limited engagement will run through Nov. 8.

Joining Nyong’o and Sengbloh will be Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful), Akosua Busia (Mule Bone) and Zainab Jah (The Public's In Darfur).

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

The "vitally important" play is a story of survival and resilience set in post-colonial Africa. "A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming," commented artistic director Oskar Eustis in an earlier press statement.

"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," states the Public's description of Eclipsed. "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."

Gurira is an award-winning, Zimbabwean-American playwright; her earlier works include In the Continuum and The Convert. As an actress, she is currently featured as Michonne on AMC’s "The Walking Dead."

Tickets can be purchased by visiting PublicTheater or calling (212) 967-7555. The Public Theater is located at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan. 

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