Lupita Nyong'o to Make Her New York Stage Debut in 'Eclipsed'

Lupita Main - H 2015
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Lupita Main - H 2015

The Oscar winner will star in the Public Theater's war drama this fall.

Lupita Nyong'o is soaring to the stage.

Before appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, the Oscar-winning actress of 12 Years a Slave will make her New York stage debut in the Public Theater's new war drama Eclipsed, according to The New York Times.

The play, written by Obie-winning playwright and Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, follows a group of women in Liberia who are caught by rebels fighting the government in 2003. It is described as a "feminist reading" of the civil war that is "both heartbreaking and profoundly life-affirming," says Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater's artistic director.

Eclipsed, to be directed by Liesl Tommy, will begin previews on Sept. 29 before its opening on Oct. 14. The limited engagement will run through Nov. 29.

The Public Theater announced the high-profile production as its Broadway export Hamilton prepares to open on Aug. 6.

Sept. 17, 11 a.m.: Updated with extended run date.