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Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed Begins Broadway Previews

The wait is over. Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, makes her Broadway debut, leading the highly acclaimed run of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. Coming off of a solid and sold out 10 week run at The Public Theater, Eclipsed has found its home on The Great White Way. Previews began, last night, February 23, 2016, with an official opening March 6, 2016 at the John Golden Theatre.

Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, and Zainab Jah reprise the roles written by playwright and actress Danai Gurira.  Zombiephiles may know Gurira from her groundbreaking role as the sword-wielding Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

The play, set in 2003 near the end of the civil war in Liberia, is about the survival and resilience of a group of women who are captives of rebels fighting the government. Nyong’o, who made her Academy Award-winning screen debut in “12 Years a Slave,” stars in the role of “Girl,” the youngest of four captive wives of a rebel commander.

Eclipsed seeks to promote empowerment through telling the true story of African women in the midst of struggle— the Liberian civil war. Experience the power of women exposed. Experience the joy within a struggle. Experience the reality that war is real and desperately needs to be stopped. Experience the power of women.

Speaking of women, the cast, director Liesl Tommy, and writer are made up of entirely female artists— and that’s a first on Broadway. History has been made and audiences are ready to celebrate and be empowered. 

We were certainly there to witness that history at the Golden Theatre for the first preview performance. Photos & more below!

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