Helpful things to know about Eclipsed before you see it on Broadway
I love writing lists and I wrote this one before I had this official place to share my Lists! I am on Broadway right now in Eclipsed, a play that is close to my heart for many reasons you'll learn below. What's most meaningful to me is that a story about African women told from *their* perspective is alive on Broadway. 🌍
- •This is my debut on Broadway. It's been a thrill and I truly can't believe it. I freaked out when I saw the marquis for the first time (Proof: https://instagram.com/p/BA0PyI9HuXj/)
- •We are the first play on Broadway to be written, directed and performed by ALL WOMEN. Making history!
- •Liberia is a country on the West African coast that was founded by freed and free-born African-Americans, therefore some consider it a colony of the United States.
- •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.
- •Leymah Gbowee, who started the initiative won the Nobel Peace Prize. I got to meet her when she came to see the play. She is one of my heroes.
- •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" some day, somehow, somewhere, so it's mind blowing to get to do it on Broadway.
- •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. 🇱🇷
- •Liberia is Africa's oldest republic. The capital city is Monrovia, named after American President James Monroe.
- •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!
- •Some of the countries represented in our cast and crew are: Kenya, Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Philippines.
- •Before the curtain goes up, you can typically find me knitting backstage! It helps calm the nerves!
- •The play is on Broadway until June 19. EclipsedOnBroadway.com if you want to come!