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. 🌍
  1. 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/)
  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, therefore some consider it 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, 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.
  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" some day, somehow, somewhere, so it's mind blowing 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 and Philippines.
  11. Before the curtain goes up, you can typically find me knitting backstage! It helps calm the nerves!
  12. The play is on Broadway until June 19. EclipsedOnBroadway.com if you want to come!