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Watch: ‘Eclipsed’ Playwright Danai Gurira Argues for the Need for Female Characters of Color

Watch: 'Eclipsed' Playwright Danai Gurira Argues for the Need for Female Characters of Color

When the Liberia-set war drama “Eclipsed” makes its Broadway debut on March 6, it will mark the very first time that a Great White Way production’s cast, writer and director are all women. 

They also all happen to be women of color — a fact that can’t be lost on “Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira, who talks about the importance of female protagonists of color in a brief but poignant segment on “PBS NewsHour.”  

“I want women and girls of African descent and of color to be able to not have to keep searching for stories about themselves,” said the Zimbabwe-raised Gurira. “The stories about Africans always somehow miraculously had a western protagonist and I was like, ‘Wow, do we not merit our own ability to tell our own stories?'”

Set during the Liberian Civil War in 2003, “Eclipsed” centers on a quartet of women raped and held captive by a rebel leader during the chaos of the Liberian civil war. The four forge a fragile community that is threatened by the arrival of a fifth woman to the group. It stars Lupita Nyong’o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh

Directed by Liesl Tommy and the only new play by a female writer on Broadway this season, “Eclipsed” will soon play at the Golden Theatre. Buy tickets here.

[via Broadway World]

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