Lupita Nyong'o stunned at the Eclipsed opening night after party on Sunday night, as the rave reviews for her performance in the Liberian Civil War play. Hours before taking to the stage at the John Golden Theatre, the 33 year-old star revealed on Instagram that she had at one time played the role of The Girl before.
'I first played my character as an understudy in Drama School,' she revealed. 'I never went on, and I promised myself back then that I would play "The Girl" someday, somehow, somewhere, so it’s mindblowing to get to do it on Broadway.'
She revealed that Eclipsed is the first ever play on Broadway to be performed, directed and written by all women, the latter task falling to The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira. She also admits that before the curtain goes up, she can be typically found knitting backstage, as it 'helps calm the nerves'.
'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,' she added in another entry. 'Thank you!'
The play, set in 2003, tells the story of five women near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. It is almost entirely set in a small one-room shack where three of the women are being held by the Commanding Officer of a rebel faction, who basically uses them as sex slaves.