Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

Pulitzer Prize Winner Toni Morrison's debut novel, The Bluest Eye (which turns fifty this year), comes to Aurora in a stunning adaptation by playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick FlySmart People). Pecola Breedlove is obsessed with Shirley Temple and a desire to have blue eyes. Claudia, another young girl and one of Pecola’s only friends, guides us through this hauntingly lyrical memory play. Diamond expertly translates to the stage the emotional depths of Black girlhood, the poisonous effects of racism, and the heartbreak of shame in Morrison's work. Celebrated for a “profound and unrelenting vision,” (The New Yorker) Morrison sets The Bluest Eye in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, and places three young Black girls—Claudia, Pecola, and Frieda—center stage as they strive to make sense of love, sisterhood, abuse, and hate.


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THE BLUEST EYE Director Dawn Monique Williams and actor Michael J. Asberry caught up with this morning with Wanda Sabir of Wanda's Picks to chat about the production, the characters, and what it means to tell the stories of young black women.

Tune in at 1:30:00 to listen to Dawn and Michael's interview.


Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE opens TONIGHT and runs thru May 21st!

Datebook SF's Lily Janiak caught up for a Q&A with Lydia R. Diamond, whose stunning adaptation of Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE opens for Aurora's audiences tomorrow as an audio drama, directed by Associate Artistic Director Dawn Monique Williams.

Read the Q&A here:

The playwright had to choose what the play was about, 'how young girls can’t be safe, because of racism.'
Following up on our pre-pandemic town hall on microaggressions in public spaces, Aurora Theatre Company, Z Space, Shotgun Theatre, Theatre Bay Area, and Calling Up Justice return for a discussion and story circle focusing on the way we experience virtual spaces, and on how participants and organizers can make these experiences more welcoming. Claudia Alick and Leigh Rondon-Davis return as facilitators, joined by a variety of theatre practitioners and audience members -- and you!


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