THE STORY: Their lives set on a nightmarish detour by civil war, the captive wives of a Liberian rebel officer form a hardscrabble sisterhood. With the arrival of a new girl who can read—and the return of an old one who can kill—their possibilities are quickly transformed. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, these defiant survivors ask: When the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? ECLIPSED offers a chilling, humanizing and surprisingly funny portrait of transformation and renewal. With wit, compassion, and defiance, this gripping play unearths the wreckage of war and celebrates the women who navigate and survive the most hostile of circumstances.
“Riveting…A gut-wrenching saga told with poignancy and wit.” —Variety. “A surprisingly vivacious portrait of helplessness, of the entirely human impulse to adapt…conveyed with a lovely authority, at times even a whimsicality. [In this] authentic-feeling production, [Danai Gurira’s] tight-knit kinship with these characters comes across as if she shared the stage with them.” —Washington Post. “Stirring and sobering, and funnier than you’d expect…a deeply felt portrait of women in extremis, finding and testing their own strength.” —Washington City Paper.