Eclipsed, Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Ends Broadway Run | Playbill

News Eclipsed, Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Ends Broadway Run Danai Gurira's critically acclaimed drama about war in Liberia was nominated for six Tony Awards.
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Danai Gurira's Eclipsed ends its limited Broadway engagement June 19 at 3 PM at the Golden Theatre.

The new play, about a group of women being held captive in the African nation of Liberia, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and officially opened March 6 following previews that began February 23. Upon closing, the critically acclaimed drama will have played 14 previews and 121 regular performances.

The Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater was extended twice and closed November 29, 2015. The complete cast from the original run joined the 12 Years a Slave actress on the Broadway stage: Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh. The production was helmed by Liesl Tommy.

The play was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning Best Costume Design of a Play for Clint Ramos.

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The “vitally important” play is a story of survival and resilience set in post-colonial Africa. Here's how the show is billed: “Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.”

Producers also previously noted that Eclipsed marked a historic moment on Broadway: “the first time the cast, director, and playwright are composed entirely of female artists, fitting for a production that so stunningly chronicles the experiences of a group of very resilient women.”

The production featured scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Ramos; lighting design by Jen Schriever; sound design by Broken Chord; hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan; and makeup design by Cookie Jordan.

Eclipsed was produced on Broadway by Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Kenny Ozoude, Willette Klausner, Michael Magers and The Public Theater.

Eclipsed will make its West Coast debut in 2017 at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.

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(Updated June 19, 2016)

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