Dramatic Reading | “Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira

August 2, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dramatic Reading | "Eclipsed" by Danai Gurira

This harrowing story about five women surviving in a rebel army camp the end of the 2003 Second Liberian Civil War was the first play to premiere on Broadway, in 2016, with an all-Black and female creative cast. It received rave reviews, a Tony Award nomination, NAACP Award, and Connecticut Critics Circle Award.

Author Danai Gurira, an award-winning playwright and actor seen in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War films, was inspired by a photo in the New York Times of Black Diamond, a female Liberian freedom fighter. The playwright interviewed more than 30 women—those who had been physically assaulted, whose daughters were taken by rebel fighters, and female peace activists who were instrumental in ending the violence. The names of the women in Eclipsed come from the people Gurira met during her travels.

As The Amistad Center marks Emancipation Day on August 1 and highlights its exhibition FreedomWays, the hope is that this stage reading enlightens visitors about the fights for freedom worldwide and inspires learning and inspiration from experiences across the African diaspora.  

Directed by Grace Clark, Eclipsed is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Services collection.

Image: From left: Pascale Armand, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saycon Sengbloh in the Broadway premiere of Eclipsed in 2016.

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