She just made her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira’s drama Eclipsed, which opened at the Golden Theater this past Sunday. So of course Lupita Nyong’o’s parents were there to support her. They were seen enjoying a stroll together as a family during some downtime on Monday. The 33-year-old Lupita looked radiant as she chatted with Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o while walking through New York City. With all the pride of a daughter-done-good, the Nyongo’s have much to celebrate.
Eclipsed is the inspiration of the talented Danai Gurira, who wrote Eclipsed and also stars as Michonne on AMC hit series The Walking Dead. The play centers around the brutal violence of Liberian civil war and takes place in and around the hut where women are held captive in a rebel compound. These women are being held captive as “wives,” really sexual slaves, of a rebel commanding officer. They prefer to refer to one another anonymously — as Number One or Number Three – to distance themselves from the horrid life they’re forced to partake in. With all its power, “Eclipsed,” headlined by the radiant Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, shines with a compassion that makes us see beyond the suffering to the indomitable humanity of its characters.
Many African countries continue to be plagued by atrocious violence, with women often one of the most brutalized victims. Let’s not forget the hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria who remain unaccounted for to this day. Eclipsed opens a lens to the unimaginable and recounts unwilling participation in African atrocities. Still, audiences are promised an amazing story being led by one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in the first play on Broadway to be written, directed and performed by ALL WOMEN.
The show, written by The Walking Dead’s Danai, also stars Saycon Sengbloh, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Pascale Armand.