lupita nyong’o wrote a list of things to know before you see her on broadway in ‘eclipsed’

The actress provides a little extra education and some heartfelt messages to her fans.

by Blair Cannon
07 March 2016, 7:28pm

Lupita Nyong'o received rave reviews for her performance (and Broadway debut) in Eclipsed, which opened on Sunday at the Golden Theater. Not only is the work performed and directed completely by black women — a total first for Broadway — it is also an unbelievably powerful tale. The play, written by The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, follows a group of captive women who attempt to protect a 15-year-old girl (played by Nyong'o) in a life of sexual servitude during the Second Liberian Civil War. The subject matter is harrowing, to say the least, but the play is being hailed as a fantastic and haunting work of art — and one that gives Nyong'o the opportunity to perform to her full ability. Yesterday, the Oscar winner showed how grateful and excited she is to tell the story on Broadway by sharing a list of things to know about the play before seeing it. Read her adorably endearing list (written with impeccable penmanship and color-coded — we would expect nothing less) below:

  1. This is my Broadway debut! Such a thrill. I can't believe it.
  2. We are the first play on Broadway to be written, directed and performed by ALL women. Making history!
  3. Liberia is a country on the West African coast that was founded by freed and free-born African-Americans, and was thus a colony of the United States!
  4. The play takes place during the Second Liberian Civil War when the Women's Peace Movement helped bring an end to the war in 2003 through nonviolence movements, including a sex strike.
  5. Leymah Gbowee, one of the members of the initiative won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011!
  6. I first played my character as an understudy in Drama School. I never went on, and I promised myself back then that I would play "The Girl" someday, somehow, somewhere and it's mindblowing to get to do it on Broadway.
  7. The Liberian constitution and flag were modeled after the United States'. The flag contains one star. This is why Liberia is called Africa's Lone Star state.
  8. Liberia is Africa's oldest republic. The capital city is Monrovia, named after American President James Monroe.
  9. Being in the play is an emotionally intense experience for me, and it means a lot to me to see your bright faces afterwards at the stage door each night. Thank you!
  10. Some of the countries represented in our cast and crew are: Kenya, Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa & Philippines.
  11. Before the curtain goes up, you can typically find me knitting backstage. It helps calm the nerves!
  12. The play opens today, March 6th! AAAH!! Visit to get tickets. See you there!


Text Blair Cannon
Image via Instagram

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