The play, which began at the Public Theater last fall before moving to Broadway, centers on three "wives," or sexual slaves of a rebel commanding officer in the Liberian civil war, sometime in the last decade. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood called the play "gut-churning" and "soul-searing," and said it "reminds us of something profoundly important, and perhaps too easily forgotten amid our own country’s continuing racial troubles: African lives matter."
Shorenstein Hays says of the play, "My goal has always been to create a new kind of artistic hub in San Francisco that engages new and existing audiences by presenting bold and daring work. Eclipsed is emblematic of that mission. Through this historic play we bear witness to a cultural moment that speaks not only to audiences, but also to the world."
On Sunday, playwright Danai Gurira (star of AMC’s The Walking Dead) joined the Broadway cast on stage along with SF congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to dedicate that day's performance to two of the abducted and still missing 219 schoolgirls of Chibok, Northern Nigeria, and to abducted girls from all around the world.
See the video of that below.
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