See Free First Preview of Eclipsed with Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o

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The Public Theater is offering free tickets to the first preview of Eclipsed, available now via TodayTix mobile lottery. The New York premiere by Danai Gurira's play stars Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for her performance in "12 Years a Slave."

Helmed by Liesl Tommy, previews begin Sept. 29. The TodayTix mobile lottery is now open, and winners will be notified between 12-3 PM on the day of the first performance by phone or email. A limited number of tickets will also be distributed, beginning at noon, via lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at Astor Place.

Eclipsed will officially open Oct. 14 and with a recently announced extension, performances are set to run through Nov. 15.

The cast also features a string of Broadway performers, including Saycon Sengbloh, whose credits include Hair, The Color Purple and Wicked, as well as Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful), Akosua Busia (Mule Bone) and Zainab Jah (The Public's In Darfur).

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.

See director Tommy and Nyong’o discussing their personal connections with the play below:

"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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