March 7, 2016


Lupita Nyong'o Shares Handwritten Note About 'Mindblowing' Broadway Debut

Johnny Nunez/WireImage
Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Lupita Nyong'o has cute stationery, great marker selection, delightful handwriting and a motivational way with words. All were displayed on Sunday (Mar. 6) in a tweet hyping the opening of Broadway's Eclipsed, written by The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira (Michonne) and starring Nyong'o.

"We are the first play on Broadway to be written, directed and performed by ALL WOMEN," the 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner wrote in the exclamation-point-y missive. Much of it details the play's setting, Liberia, and its history. (Eclipsed is set during the country's second civil war, which began in 1999 and lasted just over four years.) She also notes that the production includes creatives from "Kenya, Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, USA, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Philippines."

Check out the full note (there's a transcription on the actress' Instagram should you need it, you anti-handwriting scoundrel) here:

Eclipsed on Broadway
Eclipsed on Broadway

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens/The Jungle Book cast member has a history with Eclipsed, which had an off-Broadway run in 2015. Here's the backstory:

"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 and it's mindblowing to get to do it on Broadway. ... 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!"

And if you find yourself at Eclipsed, wondering, as you take your seat and sip your beverage, how Lupita's preparing backstage, just know she's most likely knitting. ("It helps calm the nerves!")

Get to know more about Eclipsed and its cast at the play's official site.