Eclipsed, the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all-female and -black cast and creative team, was inspired by a photo that Gurira saw in the New York Times. "I was raised in Africa and I had never seen anything like it, women with AK-47s, dressed very hip and looking formidable," she said. "I was keen to one day pursue that story and put it on the stage." Taking place in a bullet-ridden rebel army camp during the Liberian civil war in 2003, the five "wives" of a commanding officer band together to form a fragile community and care for a 15-year-old girl who has been abducted. The balance of their lives is upset by the return of a former "wife" turned rebel soldier, and as the war draws to a close, each woman must discover her own personal means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength.