Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
STARTS NOVEMBER 6, 2020
By Toni Morrison | Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond | Directed By Dawn Monique Williams
Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye (which turns fifty this year), comes to the Aurora stage in a stunning adaptation by playwright Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart 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.
“Poignant and poetic drama”— Minneapolis Star-Tribune