VIDEO: Danai Gurira, Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh Discuss Their ECLIPSED Experience
The Algonquin Round Table is legendary for being the place where New York's cleverest writers traded quips and barbs during the 1920s. But the talk was more serious when ECLIPSED's Tony-nominated playwright, Danai Gurira and two of its nominated actors, Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh gathered round an Algonquin table to discuss the groundbreaking journey of their play.
ECLIPSED opened in October of last year at the Public Theater, and while it's not unusual to see challenging issues addressed in an Off-Broadway play, the fact that a drama about five Liberian women dealing with institutionalized rape during their country's civil war was able to transfer to Broadway was a significant achievement.
ECLIPSED ends its limited run this Sunday, June 19th, but in this most diverse season Broadway has ever seen, its impact will hopefully be felt for many seasons to come.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o made her New York stage debut this fall in the NYC premiere of Danai Gurira's new drama Eclipsed at The Public Theater. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy. Nyong'o reprised her role on Broadway for a strictly limited engagement. Previews began on Tuesday, February 23 prior to the official opening night on Sunday, March 6 at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street).
This stunning, deeply moving new American play by award-winning Zimbabwean-American Playwright/Actress, Danai Gurira (co-author of In the CONTINUUM and Michonne on AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead") features Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) returning to the stage. 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. South African born Liesl Tommy (Appropriate and The Public's The Good Negro) directs this magnificent story of survival and resilience.