Eclipsed is making history. The first Broadway production where the playwright, director, and cast are all women, it tells the story of five African women who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. As you’ll read in Henderson’s interview with playwright Gurira and director Liesl, the play is not a history lesson; its focus is on telling the story. The goal of this education guide is to provide you with the tools you need to understand the events in the play and respond. From historical background to cultural context, we hope this companion to the show will enrich your experience and empower you to make a difference in your world.