‘The Walking Dead’s’ Danai Gurira is looking to add a Tony Award to her resume as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o joins the cast of her new off-Broadway play Eclipsed, but this play is not about vampires, werewolves or zombies.
Eclipsed is a reading about the Second Liberian Civil War of 1999-2003 that was ended by a group of women who were captives of rebels fighting the government.
Laurel Brown of the Daily Mail reported that artistic director Oskar Eustis was enthusiastic about Gurira’s play and Nyong’o’s contributions to the cast.
“Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in postcolonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate,” he said.
“Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o to the Public [Theater] in this vitally important play.”
The 12 Years A Slave actress and new cast member of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens can add Broadway actor to her resume as this will be her NYC stage debut and the first time the play will run in New York.
Lupita is excited about it too as she posted on Instagram.
Exciting news: I am getting back to the STAGE! This Fall, catch me at The Public Theater for my New York debut in Danai Gurira’s play, ECLIPSED, directed by Liesl Tommy. SEPT 29TH to NOV 8TH. More info: http://goo.gl/FQ5N3L #nobusinesslikeshowbusiness #theheartofthematter @liesltommy @danaijekesaigurira @publictheaterny
Danai is excited also as she Tweeted: @danaijekesaigurira “Really excited about this…finally get to share it!”
Although Danai is best known for playing the samurai sword-wielding Michonne on The Walking Dead, she has been actively writing plays for more than ten years and has won an Obie Award for her play In The Continuum in 2005 and was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Writing award in 2012.
This situation will certainly bear beautiful fruit.