Eclipsed on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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Eclipsed Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • Eclipsed is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 23, 2016
  • Show Opened : March 6, 2016
  • Show Closed: June 19, 2016

Eclipsed centers on five women including Lupita Nyong’o (Academy Award winner for 12 Years a Slave) in her Broadway debut. The play takes place in Liberia near the end of the reign of the dictator Charles Taylor, who was ousted in 2003. The five women are all his “wives,” though they are more his slaves that he sleeps with at his choosing.

Eclipsed on Broadway Background

This is a new play by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead's "Michonne") that won great acclaim at the Public Theatre. Ms. Gurira has never before had a play she wrote performed on Broadway, though she did herself perform as an actress in the 2009 production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. The production is directed by Liesl Tommy, who is also making her Broadway debut as director. Therefore, this production is a victory for women in theatre, as the playwright, director and five actors are all female. The play's setting takes place in Liberia, where the current dictator's 5 wives await his presence. Furthermore, it is a terrific ensemble piece that allows all the actors to get their chance to shine, including but not limited to the radiant Lupita Nyong’o, who has won great fame as a fashion icon in addition to an actress since her outing in the film 12 Years a Slave as "Patsey." All in all, this is a brilliant new play that has defied the odds in coming to Broadway.

What's Eclipsed Like?

Eclipsed comes to Broadway after a very positively reviewed production Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, the same theatre that has transferred recent success stories Fun Home and Hamilton. A smaller play in terms of cast size, Eclipsed is no less poignant or important of a work.The play gives a highly detailed and piercing look into the lives of these women, and how terrified they get when their “husband,” who they refer to as “C.O.” (commanding officer), approaches the door. Like soldiers, they line up to see which one he will choose that time. Though the subject matter is dark, there are the lighter moments, such as when one woman reads from a biography of Bill Clinton and the women become enraptured with the story of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, whom they refer to as his second wife.

Is Eclipsed Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for children over the age of 12. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 804
Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

The Girl
Lupita Nyong'o
Akosua Busia
Wife #2
Zainab Jah
Wife #1
Saycon Sengbloh
Wife #3
Pascale Armand


Stephen C. Byrd

Alia M Jones

Paula Marie Black

Willette Klausner

Carole Shorenstein Hays

The Public Theater

Production Credits

Liesl Tommy
Set + Costume Design
Clint Ramos
Light Design
Jen Schriever
Sound + Original Music
Broken Chord
Danai Gurira
Production Stage Manager
Diane DiVita

Creative Team

General Manager
101 Productions
Company Manager
Jennifer Graves as 101 Productions
Production Manager
Aurora Productions
Casting Director
Heidi Griffiths at The Public Theater + Jordan Thaler at The Public Theater
Press Agent
Advertising Representative
The Pekoe Group