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 day has come! We are so proud & excited to announce our 30th season!

Said Artistic Director Josh Costello: "If all goes well in the world, our first production will open in-person on Addison Street this September. If need be, we'll present it on video and stream it straight to your home. Either way, we'll bring five remarkable stories to life with passion and with the kind of connection that we all crave more than ever right now.

"Theatre is at its best when it brings people together and moves the conversation forward, and that's what these plays offer. Over the course of the season, you'll experience the skipped heartbeat of falling in love, the intellectual thrill of untangling a new idea, the joy of shared laughter as outdated shams are exposed, and the rousing energy of a call for revolutionary change.

"We've all been through a lot in this past year. Right now, I'm feeling grateful for the support you've shown Aurora in this most difficult time. And despite all the challenges we face, I'm feeling hopeful about the future. Please join us for what promises to be a truly inspiring season.

"I am looking forward."

Our 2021/2022 season is as follows:

Directed by TBA
September 3 - October 3, 2021 (Opens: September 9)

By Kait Kerrigan | WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by M. Graham Smith
November 12 - December 12, 2021 (Opens: November 18)

By Jonathan Spector | WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Josh Costello
February 4- March 6, 2022 (Opens: February 10)

By Cleavon Smith | O+G WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams
April 15 - May 15, 2022 (Opens: April 21)

By Jaclyn Backhaus | WEST COAST PREMIERE
Directed by TBA
June 24 - July 24, 2022 (Opens: June 30)

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You still have a plenty of chances to catch our audio drama production of Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE, directed by Dawn Monique Williams!

Said KQED: "Stripped to the essence of storytelling, the strength of the radio play is in its ability to world-build without physical limitations—and in the case of THE BLUEST EYE, without flinching."

BLUEST runs thru May 21st!

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Toni Morrison's classic story is adapted as a radio play by Aurora Theatre with rich, rewarding detail.
Aurora Connects: Season 3: Indigenous Excellence

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Aurora Theatre presents the conversation Welcome to Our Space: Audience Experiences in Virtual Spaces livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Following up on our pre-pandemic town hall on microaggressions in public spaces, Aurora Theatre Company, Z Space, Shotgun Players, 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!