Pics! As Lupita Nyong’o Readies for Broadway, the Cast of Eclipsed Greets the Press

News   Pics! As Lupita Nyong’o Readies for Broadway, the Cast of Eclipsed Greets the Press
The cast of Eclipsed featuring Lupita Nyong’o greeted the press Feb 11. The Broadway engagement is set to begin performances at the Golden Theatre Feb. 23, with an official opening scheduled for March 6.

Nyong'o, who was announced previously, will once again be joined onstage by Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh. Danai Gurira's play, about a group of women being held captive in the African nation of Liberia, is helmed by Liesl Tommy and stars the "12 Years a Slave" actress.

Producers 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."

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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."

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.

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