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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Aurora Connects Season 3: Episode 3: Musical Theatre

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This week on Aurora Connects, Josh and Dawn are joined by director Barbara Damashek and actor Ed Gonzalez Moreno for a friendly discussion about musical theatre. After we get to know our guests, we'll discuss the origin of musical theatre and its evolution over time, and what we love or hate about musical theatre. We'll explore why musical theatre is so divisive, what makes some people love it and some people hate it, and we'll discuss why Aurora has generally avoided musicals.

We apologize for insensitively naming our Aurora Connects episode "Musical Theatre: Does It Suck?" We value our friends in the music theatre world, and we recognize that our thoughtless use of that language, regardless of our intentions, had a harmful effect. We have retitled the episode, and we are revising our plans for the conversation to ensure that it is healthy and supportive. Thank you for holding us accountable. 🎭
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AURORA CONNECTS Season 3 Episode 3: Musical Theatre
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This week on Aurora Connects, Josh and Dawn are joined by director Barbara Damashek (THE CHILDREN, CREDITORS, A NUMBER, AMERICAN BUFFALO, FAT PIG) and actor Ed Gonzalez Moreno (EXIT STRATEGY) for a friendly discussion about musical theatre. After we get to know our guests, we'll discuss the origin of musical theatre and its evolution over time, and what we love or hate about musical theatre. We'll explore why musical theatre has been so divisive and we'll discuss why Aurora hasn't done many musicals in the past.

Join us on our new day and time, Thursday (tomorrow) at 5 p.m.!

WATCH: http://bit.ly/AuroraConnectsS3E3

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“Over the summer, as the number of Black femmes who were being murdered rose, as there seemed to still be no justice for Breonna Taylor, I said to myself, ‘No, we still need to tell this story.’ Because people are not celebrating Black women and girls, and Black women and girls deserve to be celebrated,” she said. “And so, as complicated as the story is, … I still maintain it is a story of triumph.”

Check out Dawn Monique Williams's interview with The Daily Californian about THE BLUEST EYE and get your tickets to this triumphant story of Black girlhood.

Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE opens April 9th!

Tix: tickets.auroratheatre.org


Williams explained, “The original novel was written by Toni Morrison, a Black woman, and she wrote it to communicate what Black people as a whole experience, but in particular, Black girls."