Eclipsed’s Danai Gurira Discusses ‘Splashing a Little Color’ on Broadway

first_img View Comments Danai Gurira Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016center_img Danai Gurira has taken a break from being a badass on The Walking Dead to bring two plays to New York: Familiar, currently at Playwrights Horizons, and Eclipsed, now in previews on Broadway. The Zimbabwean-American playwright stopped by The Late Show to chat with Stephen Colbert. “It hit me how special it is,” she sitting in on one of her shows while the other played just blocks a way. Eclipsed, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, marks the first Broadway show to feature an all-female cast and creative team—and all are African or of African descent. “We splash a little color on the Great White Way,” Gurira said with a laugh. Take a look at the interview, in which Colbert shoehorns himself into a hypothetical Hollywood adaptation o her play, below, and catch Eclipsed at the John Golden Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

Costa heading to Stamford Bridge

first_img Chelsea had been keen to tie up a deal for the Brazil-born Spain international ahead of the World Cup and tabled a formal bid for Costa, whose 36 goals helped fire Atletico to the Primera Division title and reach the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten in extra-time by city rivals Real. However, despite Costa having also expressed his desire to head to Stamford Bridge, it was not until Tuesday that a satisfactory arrangement was concluded, with a fee believed to be around £32million and the player’s salary expected to be in the region of £150,000-per-week. Press Association Diego Costa looks set to finally get his dream move to Chelsea after the Barclays Premier League club met the buy-out clause in the Atletico Madrid striker’s contract. center_img A statement from Atletico read: “Diego Costa communicated his wish to be transferred to Chelsea at the end of last season and today, the two entities have reached an agreement whereby the London club is liable to meet the full amount that figures as the buy-out clause in the contract between the player and the club.” The 25-year-old emerged as the leading summer transfer target for Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who was determined to add some firepower to a squad which came up just short behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League and were knocked out of Europe in the semi-finals by Atletico. A brief Chelsea statement said: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.” Costa is now poised to follow Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge, with the former Arsenal captain being signed from Barcelona on June 12 – the day before Spain crashed to a 5-1 defeat to Holland in their opening World Cup match in Brazil as the holders eventually went out at the group stage. Defender Ashley Cole, however, has left Chelsea this summer at the end of his contract, along with England midfielder Frank Lampard and veteran striker Samuel Eto’o. Mourinho is expected to continue his recruitment ahead of the new campaign, with Juventus’ France midfielder Paul Pogba another reported target. Earlier on Tuesday, Chelsea announced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had signed a new one-year contract. The former Australia international, 41, headed to Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer from west London neighbours Fulham to offer back-up to Petr Cech and went on to make 12 appearances – including the semi-final against Atletico after injury to the Chelsea number one. last_img read more

Bryce Holmgren’s struggles continue as her SU career nears an end

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Right from the opening inning, Bryce Holmgren was on the move.She spent most of the first few innings running all around right field as Florida State hit multiple balls down the line.Holmgren made a play in the second inning over in foul territory, racing to the corner to snag the ball and record the first out. Later, she tracked back to the wall to chase down a hit over her head, only for the ball to roll by her after it took an awkward bounce off the wall. Holmgren sprinted forward to try to limit the damage and threw the ball into the infield.Holmgren’s third and final season at Syracuse hasn’t been her best, but she hasn’t changed her approach. On Saturday, Syracuse (21-30, 8-15 Atlantic Coast) gave up seven runs in the fifth inning to lose to No. 5 Florida State (47-8, 18-5) 9-1 in five innings. Holmgren, the Orange’s best hitter entering this season, didn’t record a hit, and her batting average is the lowest of her three seasons for SU. The Orange were blown out again on Saturday, and SU’s offense has been non-existent.“Bryce is a great hitter, this game is this game, and it’s hard sometimes,” Syracuse head coach Shannon Doepking said. “Unfortunately, it’s her senior season, and I would have loved to see her go out on a high note, but Bryce’s value is in more than the statistics…We’ve thrown so much at her, and she’s taken it and ran with it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHolmgren was voted team captain to begin the season, and she’s been a mainstay for the Orange her entire career. As the Syracuse lineup has had multiple players in and out, missing games due to injury, Holmgren is one of just three SU players to play in every single game. Her senior season hasn’t lived up to the expectations she set in her junior year, though. As a junior, Holmgren hit .413 with a 1.049 OPS, both team-highs. She hit in the middle of the SU lineup the entire season, starting all 50 games.In 2019, Holmgren’s spot in the middle of the order hasn’t been secure. Her numbers are down, as she’s hitting .252 with a .733 OPS. She hasn’t been as successful, but Doepking said she’s still having good at-bats, and Holmgren tries to ignore box scores.“Stats are really a mind game,” Holmgren said. “And especially in a sport that’s so resounding with failure. Each at-bat is very specific, very individual.”On Friday, Holmgren hit two hard ground balls off of FSU ace Meghan King, one ground out and one single. She had more experience facing King than the rest of the SU lineup, and knew she had to be aggressive. Holmgren swung at the first pitch both times, making solid contact. Her single broke up King’s no-hitter.“I thought she had competitive at-bats yesterday,” Doepking said on Saturday. “She’s one of one on this team who did, if we’re being honest.”And on Saturday, Doepking moved her up to the three slot in the lineup to reward her aggressive approach. Doepking said Holmgren was the only hitter who competed against King, one of the top pitchers in the nation. But Holmgren failed to register a hit on Saturday, rolling over on two pitches and grounding out in both of her at-bats.After the third inning, Alicia Hansen ran out to her position in center field, and noticed that Lailoni Mayfield and Holmgren switched on either side of her. Mayfield covers more ground in the outfield. Not only was her position in the lineup changed, but her position in the field was, too.Doepking originally moved Holmgren down in the lineup in an attempt to help her see better pitches. The middle of the lineup hitters typically see fewer quality pitches to hit, Doepking said, resulting in fewer chances to break out of the slump.“I haven’t actually been too worried about it,” Holmgren said. “It’s the ability to simplify the game and realize your position in the lineup is only for the first inning.”When Holmgren decided to transfer to Syracuse after her freshman year at Western Kentucky, she understood that her parents wouldn’t be able to make every game. But her parents have driven from Iowa to Skytop Stadium for every weekend home game, her father Kyle said.After Saturday’s game, Kyle kissed his daughter on the side of her forehead, and Holmgren smiled as she walked away from the dugout toward the rest of her family. As Holmgren strolled toward the parking lot with her mom, dad, uncle, aunt and grandmother, she turned around repeatedly, smiling ear-to-ear at her family, especially her two parents, that had traveled 15 hours each weekend for three years to be at every home game.The Holmgren family will be at Skytop Stadium one final time Sunday, and Kyle will be in Tallahassee, Florida for the ACC tournament on Wednesday. He’ll board a plane back to Iowa just a few hours after their opening round game.Kyle said: “I just realized that the window is really, really small.”The window is closing, but it’s not closed yet. Comments Published on May 4, 2019 at 6:38 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more