Danai Gurira’s gripping drama tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia and their tale of survival, hope, humor and resilience near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. In the play the 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 The Girl, recently abducted by the officer. Two of his older wives do what they can to help and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as The Girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, the entire community is thrown off balance when a fourth wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as a soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the army compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to take charge of her own destiny and fight for her freedom. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising degree of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to survive.
Danai Gurira (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and actor. She currently plays Michonne on AMC’s critically-acclaimed original series “The Walking Dead” and stars in the recently released film Black Panther. As a playwright, her works include Broadway’s Eclipsed (NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play), In the Continuum (Obie Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award). She is a recipient of the Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellow, and has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center
Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Royal Court.