Updated 08:23 AM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

Lupita Nyong'o To Star In Broadway Play 'Eclipsed' Penned by 'The Walking Dead' Star Danai Gurira

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Lupita Nyong'o is heading to Broadway for Danai Gurira's "Eclipsed."

Vanity Fair reported that the Oscar winner will be on Broadway next February with the production, cast, and director Liesl Tommy. The play, which was penned by "The Walking Dead" star Gurira and serves as Nyong'o's Broadway debut, opened earlier this year and had a sold-out run in New York's off-Broadway Public Theater.

The play, which debuted at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theater and New Haven's Yale Rep in 2009, is set during the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the story of a group of women captured and raped by a rebel officer, Variety wrote.

According to BBC, the play is considered "as a rare production written by a woman to get a spot on Broadway." It also stands out for highlighting the difficult subject matter of rape in Africa. The last play which dealt with the issue was 2009's "Ruined" by Lynn Nottage.

Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of the Public Theater, said he hoped its main stage run would "break a barrier that will stay broken," BBC noted.

"It's an incredibly emotional play and by the end very deeply touching and harrowing, and yet Danai has written it so beautifully it ultimately feels life-affirming, about how women in horrible circumstances are able to find their own agency," Eustis said, as quoted by the news outlet.

Gurira, 37, is best known for her role in AMC's "The Walking Dead" as the katana-wielding Michonne, but she has been an active playwright for more than a decade. Some of her plays are "The Continuum," "The Convert," and "Familiar," all of which are produced in the stage and dealt with female identity and race, Daily Mail noted.

Nyong'o, 32, previously understudied for "Eclipsed" at Yale. "I love to take on roles that require me to learn something new and really challenge my understanding of what it takes to be a successful human being. In that sense, I guess I am drawn to really hard material," the Mexican-Kenyan actress told Playbill.

Nyong'o, who won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on "12 Years a Slave," previously appeared in onstage theaters, such as Yale Repertory's "The Winter's Tale," Variety added. The movie star also has a role in this year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"Eclipsed" closes at the Public Theater on Nov. 29 and will begin previews at Broadway's John Golden Theatre on Feb. 23, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its official opening will be on March 6.

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