Most probably know Danai Gurira primarily as an actress (playing Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead); but you should know that she’s also a prodigious playwright, with award-winning credits to her name.
And her most recent stage work, The Convert, has won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Writing Award for original work.
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle named the winners of its annual awards for stage productions that opened the previous year, last night.
No stranger to the stage, in 2006, Gurira won an Obie Award for writing, as well as a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for her off-Broadway play In the Continuum. And in 2009, she made her Broadway debut in August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
An actress of the screen (big and small) as well as the stage, up next for her, she stars in Mother of George, filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu‘s, follow-up to Restless City, which premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Oscilloscope picked up USA rights to the SimonSays Entertainment-produced film, but no release date has been set yet.
Congrats to Danai on the Drama Critics Circle writing award! I’m sure there’ll be a lot more trophies in her future…