It’s not often we hear about a Broadway play that’s written, directed, produced, and stars black women. That’s why ‘Eclipsed’ is so special. Not only because of all the black girl magic, but it’s the first time a Broadway production has had a female playwright, a female director, and an all-female cast…PERIOD! Along with the powerful story behind the play, ‘Eclipsed’ has the artistic power to inspire every black female, young and old, walking on earth. The play tells the story of four captive “wives” of a rebel officer during the Liberian civil war. The playwright is Denai Gurira who we all know as Michonne from ‘TheWalking Dead’, directed by Liesl Tommy, and it stars Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, a long time friend of Denai’s.
‘Eclipsed’ is a must-see Broadway event for more reasons than one! Because it’s created and stars black women shouldn’t be one of the reasons, but I think it’s safe to say that Broadway is recognizing and acknowledging the talents of ALL KINDS OF FOLKS and I’m here for it all!
“It’s really time to break through those barriers and show that there isn’t a reason for the lack of representation or the under-representation.” Denai tells Uptown Magazine.
In EW‘s featured article on Denai Gurira and Lupita NYong’o, the friends shared why the play has evolved from off-Broadway!
How has the play evolved as it’s moved from Off Broadway?
NYONG’O: Because we’re the same ensemble, there’s a level of trust and ease in which we work together. This is like a mountain to climb every night. But we know the mountain and it’s allowed us to find new natural and surprising things.
GURIRA: I feel a great comfort hearing that. The playwright has to step away – you want to see it fly on its own. I can’t always be in the room with them.
NYONG’O: You did the foundational work, and we always have that. So you’re always in the room.
GURIRA: That’s so sweet, Lupita. I appreciate that.
NYONG’O: It’s true – this has been a godsend of a production because of the level of love and respect in the room. We genuinely like each other, which helps. This is the kind of play where you need a sisterhood.
GURIRA: Oh, for sure. Like the scene where Lupita gets her ass kicked? [Laughs] There’s an insane amount of trust involved because it really is like flying without a net. That’s because there’s such a sisterhood.
Sisterhood…that’s what it’s all about!
We can do amazing things when we support one another. ‘Eclipsed’ is proof of that.
To read more of Denai and Lupita’ interview, go here.
Check out Uptown’s featured article on the play here