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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Danai Gurira Play About Liberian Women Held Captive During Civil War

Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Danai Gurira Play About Liberian Women Held Captive During Civil War

Lupita Nyong’o is headed to the stage.

The Oscar-winning actress will make her New York stage debut in playwright Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” about a quartet of women held captive by rebels during the Liberian civil war. Liesl Tommy will direct.

A NY Times review of the play at Yale Repertory Theater described the work as “depict[ing] the harsh realities of women’s
lives in a strife-torn African country with both a clear eye and a
palpable empathy.”

Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis added that “Eclipsed” is a “feminist reading” of the Liberian civil war that is “both heart-breaking
and profoundly life-affirming.”

Previews will begin on September 29 at the Public Theater, and the production will run from October 14 to November 8.

Nyong’o will next appear on screen in “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force
Awakens” (out December 18). She is currently filming “Queen of Katwe,”
Mira Nair’s tale of a Ugandan chess champion.

Gurira costars on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and has won an Obie Award for her earlier play “In the Continuum.”

[via NY Times]

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