There’s a whole lot of #BlackGirlMagic going on, on Broadway right now. In addition to The Color Purple, mid-town Manhattan will see another season of Eclipsed.
The play’s focus is around the Liberian Civil War, where captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community.
South African director Liesl Tommy, who has directed numerous plays including a contemporary production of Les Misérables, will be working on Eclipsed. She’s also taught at The Juilliard School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Written by The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, she along with Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh will star in the John Golden Theatre production of Eclipsed. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will reprise the role of The Girl, having starred in the off Broadway version at The Public Theater. And if that’s not enough dope Black women for you, La La Anthony is a co-producer.
When it opens next month, it will go down in history as the first Broadway production to feature an entirely black and female cast and creative team.
As reported by OkayAfrica, through the 10,000 Girls Campaign, the Eclipsed team has a goal of bringing 10,000 girls from the tri-state area to see the show who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience a Broadway production.
Previews for Eclipsed begin Feb. 23 and opening night is March 6– find out more here.