Lupita Nyong’o rose to superstardom for her role in the movie Twelve Years a Slave and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. Now, she is set to make her New York stage debut in a play titled Eclipsed written by Danai Gurira (fans may recognize her as Michonne from the television show The Walking Dead). This comes after news that Nyong’o will also be in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, as well as the screen adaptation of Americanah, the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
While this Nyongo’s first off-Broadway play, Gurira has written and won several awards for her plays, including In Continuum. She tends to draw inspiration from her African roots (she was born in the US but raised in Zimbabwe) and even co-founded Almasi, an organization that encourages collaborative arts.
The play, which will be shown at the Public Theatre in New York City, is set during the Liberian Civil War and reveals the strength and survival of women. According to a release by the Public Theater, “captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl” (the “new girl” is played by Nyong’o). It will be directed by Obie Award-winner Liesl Tommy and is set to begin previews on September 29th, officially opens on October 14th, and will run until November 8th.