Actress and all-around goddess Lupita Nyong’o might just be one step closer to the coveted EGOT. Since last week, the Oscar winner has played the lead in Public Theater’s highly-anticipated production of Eclipsed — and it’s just been announced that the play is moving to Broadway early next year.
Written by The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira, Eclipsed follows the story of a group of women held captive during the second Liberian civil war in 2003. According to Variety, “the play gives voice to women ranging from the wives of warlords to activists in Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, the political action group that brought an end to the war.” It’s been sold out since its debut, and it’s easy to see why: With Nyong’o as its star, we can only assume Eclipsed is heartbreaking, empowering, and beautiful beyond imagination. (The reviews so far seem to agree.)
“Meticulously detailed design work by Clint Ramos (set and costumes), Jen Schriever (lighting) and Broken Chord (sound) presents a surreal — or perhaps hyper-real — setting of the bullet-riddled one-room hovel where the captured wives and, inevitably, the bastard children of a base commander of the rebel Liberian army are housed,” Variety writes in its glowing review. The play is directed by Liesl Tommy, and also features incredible performances from Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Zainab Jah, and Akosua Busia.
After it moves to Broadway, Eclipsed will become one of only two plays penned by a woman this season — the other being Helen Edmundson’s Thérèse Raquin. It will finish its current run at the Public Theater on November 29, and begin previews at Broadway’s Golden Theater on February 23, with an official opening on March 6.
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