Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall Produces All-Female Broadway Show

Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall Produces All-Female Broadway Show
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Scott Forstall, who served as an Apple executive until 2012, is co-producing “Eclipsed,” a Broadway play of many firsts.


“I’m proud to be co-producing @eclipsedbway — the first Broadway show with an all-female creative team and cast starring Lupita Nyong’o,” Forstall wrote on Twitter.

Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave,” making her the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Oscar.

It wasn’t Forstall’s first venture into Broadway. Last year, The Verge reports that Forstall also co-produced the musical “Fun Home” with his wife, prompting his first tweet in five years after opening a Twitter account. The musical won five Tonys and three Lucille Lortels, and was nominated for two Obie Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Meanwhile, “Eclipsed” revolves around women who served as sex slaves during the Liberian civil war. Written by Danai Gurira of “The Walking Dead” fame, the play opened at the Golden Theater last Sunday. The New York Times describes it as having “harrowing power” but shining “with a compassion that makes us see beyond the suffering to the indomitable humanity of its characters.”

Forstall has kept a low profile since his departure from Apple, according to The Verge. Under his leadership, the company released Apple Maps, which was met with serious backlash. The issue worsened when Forstall refused to sign an apology letter to the public regarding the buggy software. He also allegedly clashed with other Apple executives, leading to the company’s promotion of “increased collaboration” after he left.

Regardless, Forstall managed to cash out $38 million worth of company stock prior to his departure. He remarked, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, that he was “proud” of everyone he worked with at Apple, and that he’s “delighted” about the company’s continuing ability to produce “great and beloved products.”