Lupita Nyong’o leads an all black women cast as they make history with the first ever Broadway play to be written, directed, produced by a black woman titled Eclipsed.
Eclipsed, which played on a sold out run at New York City’s Public Theater last fall, stars Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o alongside stars Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh.
The epoch making cast fresh off the success of the show which is still running got a special feature and the cover of UPTOWN magazine. In the feature, the stars talked about their roles on the play and how it affects them as Africans.
Creating this play was an act of love and it was really something that I couldn’t let go of,” Danai Gurira said. The Zimbabwean born actress/playright journeyed to Liberia to interview the women who survived the brutal war. “I really felt like I had to tell this story and I was really scared out of my mind.”
Danai and Lupita
Lupita revealed that she first got wind of Gurira’s play during her undergraduate studying at the Yale School of Drama.
“I was first cast as the understudy in the role I’m playing now so it was the very first role I under-studied and it was the very first role that I was assigned to at Yale,” she confessed. “I was just drawn. I thought it was an incredibly engaging and riveting story and I was just dumbfounded that I never experienced anything like it before — five African women telling their stories and each of the women are so distinct from the other one. And it was so funny and also heart-breaking at times. It was just a very powerful story.”