‘Black Panther’ star Danai Gurira’s play to have Gulf Coast premier in New Orleans

‘Black Panther’ star Danai Gurira’s play to have Gulf Coast premier in New Orleans

An award-winning play by “Black Panther” star Danai Gurira may have a Gulf Coast regional premier in April in New Orleans.

Southern Rep Theatre will carry out “Eclipsed” from April 18 by Could 6 at Loyola College’s Marquette Theatre, as a part of the corporate’s season in residence on the faculty.

The play is about 4 ladies who’ve discovered methods to outlive being taken captive by a insurgent chief through the Second Liberian Civil Conflict in 2003, and a girl who will get to know them whereas working for peace. It has received the NAACP Award and the Helen Hayes Award for greatest new play, and received 5 Tony award nominations in 2016.

Gurira performs Okoye in “Black Panther” and Michonne within the AMC tv sequence “The Strolling Lifeless.” She additionally had a small half within the HBO present “Treme.”

Her different performs embody “Within the Continuum,” ”The Convert,” and “Acquainted.”

“Eclipsed” was produced off-Broadway in 2013 and in 2016 turned the primary Broadway manufacturing with an all-black and all-female forged, playwright and director.

Southern Rep’s forged each contains American-born and African-born ladies.

Producing creative director Aimee Hayes stated she has needed Southern Rep to provide “Eclipsed” since seeing it off-Broadway.

“I used to be profoundly moved … The highly effective ladies I noticed on stage jogged my memory of the unbelievable black ladies we all know in New Orleans – the politicians, enterprise homeowners, lecturers, and leaders who’ve formed our metropolis,” she stated in a information launch. “I hope this unbelievable story helps to encourage not solely the incredible ladies of our metropolis but additionally anybody who has survived and thrived amidst adversity.”

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