Actress Danai Gurira: It Shouldn’t Be ‘Unusual’ That My Play Is On Broadway

Actress Danai Gurira is attaining her first impression on Broadway in the coming weeks as the playwright behind “Eclipsed.” The play is gaining buzz for its black female casting, which includes Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, but Gurira told HuffPost Live last week that she looks forward to the day when find so many black girls grace a Broadway stage isn’t so noteworthy.

“The Walking Dead” actress explained to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that while many repertory and non-profit theaters across the country are working on diversifying the theatre world, “there’s still a lot of growing to do, ” she told. But even with the absence of diversity, Gurira said it “shouldn’t be that unusual” for a Broadway play to have been written, directed and acted by a black cast.

“I understand the significance of the moment, but I also find it a shame that there is any significance to the moment, ” she told, adding: “It just really shouldn’t be that much of an event, and that’s what I hanker to watch. I hanker to see that the next time one of my plays is on Broadway, it’s merely not that much of an event for a black female to have written a play for Broadway.”

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