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“Eclipsed” made history this year as Broadway’s first all-female production —written, directed and acted by black women. The play, a story of five mothers and daughters fighting for survival during the Second Liberian Civil War, quickly drew crowds as it not only recounted an important history of resilience, but reminded audiences today that violence against women is hardly a thing of the past.
Another member of the “Eclipsed” team made history too — Clint Ramos, one of the few men on the creative side, who was tasked with bringing the play’s set and costume design to life. After winning a Tony at this year’s ceremony for his work on “Eclipsed,” he became the first person of color to win in the costume design category, and the fourth Filipino to have ever won the coveted Broadway award.
Although Ramos himself never appears on stage, his work is unmissable throughout the production. He crafted both the scenery and the clothing, painting a picture of Liberia onto the stages of New York City. He worked to transform five iconic actors of color — Lupita Nyong’o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh — into women held captive as “wives,” who refer to each other as numbers rather than names. He worked to transform John Golden Theatre into a rebel camp, where the characters, forced into either sexual servitude or militant brutality, braved their days.
“Eclipsed” ended its run on Broadway on June 19, only to announce that a version of the production will head to San Francisco’s Curran Theater in 2017. (The west coast show will provide free tickets to 10,000 girls ages 16 to 24, as part of an initiative to bring under-served young women into the theater world.) Ahead of its transfer, Ramos spoke to The Huffington Post about his vision for “Eclipsed,” the importance of diversity on Broadway, and what it felt like to represent the Philippines.
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