Following a twice-extended run at The Public Theater, which ends Nov. 29, Liesl Tommy’s Eclipsed will transfer to Broadway in 2016. Lupita Nyong’o will reprise her role as The Girl, a woman suffering during Liberia’s civil war.
“Eclipsed is a powerful, brilliant play and I am thrilled there is such a tremendous appetite for it from the world,” Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. “Liberia was founded by Americans, and is a living example of how America continues to impact the world, both by our attention and by our distraction. Bravo to Danai Gurira, Liesl Tommy, Lupita Nyong’o, and all the astounding artists of Eclipsed.”
Eclipsed, written by Gurira (who plays Michonne in AMC’s The Walking Dead), started previews Sept. 29 before an Oct. 14 opening night. Before the drama moves to Broadway in March, Oscar winner Nyong’o will star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out Dec. 18.
Previews for Eclipsed on Broadway begin Feb. 23 with opening night marked for March 6 at the Golden Theatre.