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NEW GIG: Lupita Nyong’o Set To Star In Off-Broadway Play Written By ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Danai Gurira

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Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will make her New York stage debut this fall in an Off-Broadway play written by YBF chick and "Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira! Get deets on the play inside... 

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Coming this fall, lucky theater attendees will watch Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o make her New York stage debut in the fall production of “Eclipsed" at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.

“Eclipsed,” was written in 2009 by actress Danai Gurira (above, left) who currently stars on "The Walking Dead" as the sword-wielding Michonne.

The play tells a story of survival and resilience in Africa set against the backdrop of the Liberian Civil War. Under the direction of Obie Award winning director Lisel Tommy and producer Marvet Britto, the audience will witness what happens when a group of women, who are the captive wives of a rebel officer, find their lives disrupted by the appearance of a new and mysterious woman, played by Lupita.

In a statement about the upcoming play, Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public, said,

“Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate. A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, ‘Eclipsed’ is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o to The Public in this vitally important play.”

This is definitely a busy year for Lupita. In addition to the play, she also will appear as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (December 2015) as well as next year’s live-action flick The Jungle Book. 

 

 

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Photos via Splash/WENN/Dania's Instagram

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