ECLIPSED

March 7th - 19th

Genre
Drama
Runtime
2 hours, 15 min
Intermission
15 minutes


Eclipsed by Danai Gurira directed by Liesl Tommy

ECLIPSED is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community, one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength.

“An extraordinary work that shines and shines.”
—The Associated Press

Written by playwright Danai Gurira (star of AMC’s The Walking Dead) and directed by Liesl Tommy (whose critically acclaimed Bay Area productions include RUINED, PARTY PEOPLE and HAMLET), ECLIPSED made waves on Broadway as the first cast, director, and playwright composed entirely of female artists, fitting for a production that so stunningly chronicles the experiences of a group of very resilient women.

"Eclipsed is emblematic of my mission to present bold and daring work at the new Curran. Through this historic play we bear witness to a cultural moment that speaks not only to audiences, but also to the world.” -Carole Shorenstein Hays

Curran is commited to offering under-served young people in the Bay Area (who may have never experienced a professional live theatrical production) the opportunity to see this empowering and important play.

SPECIAL DATES

March 7th: Preview 1
March 8th: Preview 2
March 9th: Opening NIght
March 15th: Student Matinee
March 19th: Closing

Press

Cast

JONIECE ABBOTT-PRATT
Bessie
AKOSUA BUSIA
Rita
AYESHA JORDAN
The Girl
ADEOLA ROLE
Maima
STACEY SARGEANT
Helena

JONIECE ABBOTT-PRATT

New York: The Good Negro (Public Theatre); Regional: Sunset Baby (City Theatre), Seven Guitars (Actors Theater of Louisville) The Mountaintop (Geva Theatre, The House that will not Stand (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Huntington Theatre Company), Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage), The Piano Lesson (Yale Rep and Delaware Theatre Company); Television: Blindspot, Law & Order SVU, Orange Is The New Black, Show Me A Hero, Luke Cage; Training: BA-Clark Atlanta University, MFA-University of Iowa

AKOSUA BUSIA

Broadway: Eclipsed (Obie Award), Mule Bone, The Talented Tenth. London’s West End: Gloo Joo (Evening Standard Award). Other: Valley Song (Athol Fugard, West Coast Premiere, La Jolla Playhouse); Eden (LA Theater Center); Romeo and Juliet (Juliet, Klaxon Theater Oxford). Film: Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” (Nettie), “Tears of the Sun”, “Native Son” (Bessie). TV: “ER”. “Babies Having Babies” (Youth in Film Award), “AD”. Writing credits: Screenplay of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”: Novel “The Seasons of Beento Blackbird”: Lyrics “Moon Blue,” recorded by Stevie Wonder. Documentary “The Prof: A Man Remembered”. Chair and Co-Founder of Busia Foundation International. BA (Hons) Royal Central School, London. Recipient of Women in Film International Award. 2015 Ghana Movies, Lifetime Achievement Award. Born into the Yefri Royal House of Wenchi; Akosua is the youngest daughter of the late, First Lady, Naa Morkor, Busia, and former Prime Minister of Ghana, The Right Honorable Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia.

AYESHA JORDAN

is a New York City based multidisciplinary performer and creator. She is currently collaborating with Charlotte Brathwaite on Shasta Geaux Pop presents: Shasta Geaux Pop at The Bushwick Starr in September. Ayesha was most recently part of the Broadway production of Eclipsed at The John Golden Theatre. Her most recent creation was Come See My Double D's at JACK (NY). She has performed abroad in Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Japan. Projects created and developed by Ayesha include Enter & Exit: Family Reunion, Enter & Exit: Playing House, Inter 1-to-1, video project Living Room Dance Breaks, and a plethora of videos featuring Ayesha's "friends and family". In September 2016, a new work will be presented featuring Shasta Geaux Pop at The Bushwick Starr.

ADEOLA ROLE

Broadway: Eclipsed (Helena, Rita U/S). Off-Broadway: Invisible Thread (Joy). Regional: Witness Uganda (A.R.T), Lily's Revenge (A.R.T). She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.F.A from MXAT/ART at Harvard University. Role would like to thank her beloved mother and sister for carrying her to this very moment.

STACEY SARGEANT

Upcoming: Joshua Marston’s Feature Film Come Sunday; Recent Credits: Homos, Or Everyone in America (Labyrinth Theatre Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theatre), and the 2nd cohort of the Public Theater’s #BARS Workshop. Other credits: Eclipsed (Public Theater, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre (workshop)), Signature Theatre’s, Our Lady of Kibeho and Big Love, Legally Blonde (1st Nat’l Tour), The Commons of Pensacola (MTC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Vanya, Sonia, Masha, & Spike (Hartford Stage), Intimate Apparel (Two River), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter Theatre & Paper Mill Playhouse); Film: Top Five, Obvious Child; TV: "Elementary", "The Blacklist", "Gossip Girl", "Glee", "Law &Order: SVU”. Visit www.staceysargeant.com

Creatives

DANAI GURIRA
Playwright
LIESL TOMMY
Director
CLINT RAMOS
Scenic & Costume Designer
JEN SCHRIEVER
Lighting Designer
BROKEN CHORD
Original Music and Sound Designer

DANAI GURIRA

As a playwright her works include ECLIPSED (NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award, Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Outstanding Production of a Play Award), Familiar (world premiere at Yale Rep in 2015 and currently at Playwrights Horizons), IN THE CONTINUUM (Obie, Outer Critics, Helen Hayes Awards) and THE CONVERT (six Ovation, L.A. Outer Critics Awards). Recipient of the Whiting Award and commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Royal Court. Select acting credits: THE VISITOR, MOTHER OF GEORGE, Isabella in NYSF’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Michonne in AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, Afeni Shakur in the Tupac Shakur biopic ALL EYEZ ON ME. She is currently developing a pilot for HBO. She holds an MFA from Tisch, NYU. U.S. born and raised in Zimbabwe, she is an ambassador for the ONE campaign and co-founder Almasi Arts, which gives opportunity to African artists. Almasiartsalliance.org

LIESL TOMMY

Liesl is an award-winning international theatre director. Credits include THE GOOD NEGRO, THE URBAN RETREAT, INFORMED CONSENT, A MELANCHOLY PLAY, KID VICTORY, PARTY PEOPLE, APPROPRIATE, THE WHITE MAN A COMPLEX DECLARATION OF LOVE, PEGGY PICKET SEES THE FACE OF GOD, A HISTORY OF LIGHT and ANGELA'S MIXTAPE. Liesl is also known for her innovative interpretations of classics like LES MISÉRABLES, HAMLET, A RAISIN IN THE SUN and Ma Rainey’s BLACK BOTTOM as well as her critically acclaimed four-city tour of RUINED. Select regional: DTC, California Shakespeare, Center Stage, Berkeley Rep, OSF, La Jolla Playhouse. Associate artist at Berkeley Rep; program associate at Sundance Institute and artist trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. Facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Awards: Obie Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Susan Stroman Award and NEA/TCG Directors Grant. Alumnus of Trinity Rep Conservatory. Proud native of Cape Town, South Africa.

CLINT RAMOS

Broadway: THE ELEPHANT MAN (also West End), VIOLET. Recent/current: HERE LIES LOVE (NY and London), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Encores! Off-Center), BARBECUE (Public), APPROPRIATE (Signature), DRY POWDER (Public). More than 100 NY, regional and international credits. Principal designer for ENCORES! OFF-CENTER under Jeanine Tesori’s leadership. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards, Helen Hayes Award. www.clintramos.com

JEN SCHRIEVER

Broadway: GHETTO KLOWN. Opera: THE PEARL FISHERS, DIE FLEDERMAUS (Metropolitan Opera); LA TRAVIATA, FAUST and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Mariinsky Theatre, Russia). Off-Broadway: NIGHT IS A ROOM (Signature); ECLIPSED, TOAST, A SECOND CHANCE (Public); I'M LOOKING FOR HELEN TWELVETREES (Abrons); BRIGHT HALF LIFE (Women’s Project); MALA HIERBA, AMERICAN HERO (Second Stage); SUNSET BABY (Labyrinth); TRIASSIC PARQ (Soho Playhouse). Regional: Goodman, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Goodspeed, Woolly Mammoth, Signature, Paper Mill, Center Stage, Studio, Folger, Williamstown. Adjunct professor, Purchase College. www.jenschriever.com

BROKEN CHORD

New York: Atlantic Theater (THE LYING LESSON), IAP (OZET), Labyrinth (THE INSURGENTS), MTC (WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID), Primary Stages (INFORMED CONSENT), the Public (THE GOOD NEGRO, ECLIPSED), Second Stage (THE OTHER THING), Signature (APPROPRIATE). Regional: Berkeley Rep (PARTY PEOPLE), Dallas Theater Center (KING LEAR), Hartford Stage (WHIPPING MAN), Huntington (A RAISIN IN THE SUN), OSF (RUINED), Trinity Rep (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), and Yale Rep (THESE PAPER BULLETS!). Film: FALL TO RISE. www.brokenchord.us