VIDEO: ECLIPSED Playwright Danai Gurira Pledges To 'Love Our Girls'
The women in Danai Gurira's important drama, ECLIPSED, live through an adversity that few Broadway playgoers, especially men, can imagine. But while her subject matter is groundbreaking for Broadway, the circumstances she dramatizes are horrifically common in a great deal of the world.
"I was born on February 14th, 1978," she writes. "My father named me Danai, in commemoration of my birth on the day of love and romance; Danai, in my parent's native tongue, Shona, means to be in love or to love one another. I always embraced this day of teddy bears and excessive red roses as my day. But I have finally figured out a more purposeful meaning of Valentine's Day. This year, and every year to come, I am seeking to reclaim Valentine's Day, to make it about loving our girls."
As explained in the videos below, Gurira is asking all who believe something must be done worldwide about genital mutilation, rape culture and the denial of education for girls to dedicate not just February 14th, but the 14th of every month to spread the word throughout their networks that we must "Love Our Girls."
The website logpledge.org offers information on what women and men throughout the world are doing to help give a voice to women around the world.
The new American play Eclipsed opened on Broadway March 6th, 2016 at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street). Along with Lupita Nyong'o, the play also stars Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh and is directed by Liesl Tommy.
ECLIPSED is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community... one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength. Directed by South African-born Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro, Appropriate), Eclipsed is a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience-and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season.