Ok so we all loved Lupita in her Oscar winning performance in 12 Years a Slave, and I’m not sure if you have heard that she will also be in the new Star Wars movie. But more recently the Public Theatre released that she will be taking the NYC stage by storm this fall as she will headline the New York premiere of Eclipsed.
This is actually the first time she will be hitting the New York theatre scene and will be debuting as the star of a powerful war-drama play, Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira. You may know Gurira as the incredible sword slinging actress who plays Michonne in The Walking Dead. What you may not know is that she has also been an active playwright for over a decade!
The Off Broadway production is directed by South African born, Liesl Tommy. It is set in 1993 covering conflicts of post-colonial Africa during the time of the Liberian Civil War. It centers around four women who are held captive and serve as wives of a rebel officer who is fighting the government. They ultimately are forced to find a means of survival, support each other and examine their strength along the way.
“A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o to the Public in this vitally important play,” said the Public’s artistic director, Oskar Eustis, in a press release.
We are still waiting to hear what other actors will be featured in this play but, at any rate, kudos to Lupita for being versatile and going from the big screen and stepping into the New York theatre scene!
Eclipsed is set to preview on September 29, 2015 and opens on October 14, 2015 at the Public Theatre.