Lupita Nyong’o has starred in Eclipsed, written by The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, for a sold out series of performances at the Public Theater in New York this fall. In February, the off-Broadway production will be Broadway-bound under the direction of Liesl Tommy. Not only is the move bringing with it a diverse cast, but it’s increasing the number of female playwrights currently on Broadway from one to two.
The critically acclaimed play is a dramatic contrast to the upbeat revivals and musicals you’re accustomed to seeing on the coveted roster, centering itself around a group of wives – sex slaves – during the height of the Liberian Civil War in the early 2000s. “I love to take on roles that require me to learn something new and really challenge my understanding of what it takes to be a successful human being. In that sense, I guess I am drawn to really hard material,” she told Playbill of the difficult role.
Eclipsed closes at the Public Theater at the end of November after two extensions. Nyong’o will then appear in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December and Jon Favreau’s new Jungle Book next spring.
To be notified when tickets for Eclipsed become available for purchase, sign up at www.broadway.com/shows/eclipsed/. Previews begin February 23rd 2015 and the show officially opens on March 6th.
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