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More Than An Actress, Multi-Threat Danai Gurira Wins Drama Critics Circle Award For Writing

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 19, 2013 1:58 PM
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Danai Gurira

Most probably know Danai Gurira primarily as an actress (playing Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead); but you should know that she's also a prodigious playwright, with award-winning credits to her name.

And her most recent stage work, The Convert, has won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Writing Award for original work.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle named the winners of its annual awards for stage productions that opened the previous year, last night

No stranger to the stage, in 2006, Gurira won an Obie Award for writing, as well as a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for her off-Broadway play In the Continuum. And in 2009, she made her Broadway debut in August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

An actress of the screen (big and small) as well as the stage, up next for her, she stars in Mother of George, filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's, follow-up to Restless City, which premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Oscilloscope picked up USA rights to the SimonSays Entertainment-produced film, but no release date has been set yet.

Congrats to Danai on the Drama Critics Circle writing award! I'm sure there'll be a lot more trophies in her future...

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  • Bee | March 21, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    She is flawlessly gorgeous and a real talent. I wish I liked Walking Dead. Anyway, I hope to see her in more things in the future! Congrats to her!

  • Blu | March 20, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    Congrats to Danai! She incredible.

  • audiodramatist | March 20, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    Now why wasn't this sister on the short list for the Nina bio-pic?

  • Jay | March 25, 2013 4:42 PM

    The 1st Nina Simone movie doesnt need to be the last.....

  • Bee | March 21, 2013 2:31 PM


  • Marie | March 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    She definitely should've been considered for the Nina Simone movie. Keep in mind that the writer-director of this film is Cynthia Mort whose work I'm personally not a fan of (she co-wrote The Brave One which felt like it was made by people who've never spent time in NYC). The good news for Gurira is that she's a writer as well and doesn't have to fight Hollywood's fixation with casting skinny blondes in order to get work. She can be proactive and create her own work.

  • Neena G | March 21, 2013 11:45 AM

    Couldn't Agree More Miles.

  • Miles Ellison | March 20, 2013 11:20 PM

    Because that would have made sense. If real filmmakers had anything to do with the Nina movie, instead of Lifetime Channel hacks, she might have had a shot. Come to think of it, if the Walking Dead writers were more focused on creating 3 dimensional black characters instead of holding on to their large white audience by trotting out tired black stereotypes, she'd be better in that show than she's been.

  • ALM | March 19, 2013 9:06 PMReply

    Congrats! She is so pretty, and her skin is gorgeous. She looks like a young Lauryn Hill here.

  • QBN | March 19, 2013 7:49 PMReply

    That's one sweet and talented Empress! Black women >>>

  • Michele | March 19, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    So so talented, I hope to see more from her in writing and acting :)

  • LAS | March 19, 2013 3:04 PMReply

    Amazing! Congratulations to her.

  • lvflg | March 19, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    Congrats are definitely in order!

  • Kudos | March 19, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    Congratulations to her!! I've seen a lot of her work in Washington, DC. She is definitely an amazing artist.

  • No | March 19, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    I just saw the play and it is good and powerful.

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