Eclipsed: All-Female All-Black Broadway!
Who could have thoughts that a play about an intense story about the captive wives of a Liberian warlord could make you laugh to tears! Broadway play, starring Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o and written by “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira is plenty of warmth and humor.
“Growing up in South Africa during the apartheid years, in a mixed race community, humor was a huge part of the way we survived, and how we got through incredibly dark days,” said director Liesl Tommy, at the lead of the first all-female, all-black Broadway show.
Everyone involved in the production seems to have a personal connection to it. “My family’s from West Africa,” said Zainab Jah, who portrays a wife-turned-soldier in the play. “I was born and raised in London, but my family’s from Sierra Leone, right next door to Liberia. It’s so wonderful to be able to bring stories of my people to my friends in America, who only know me as this exotic creature with an English accent.”
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