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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Join us for WELCOME TO OUR SPACE: Audience Experiences in Virtual Spaces, this week on Aurora Connects!

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!


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Berkeleyside says Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE is "vivid and vital"!

"There is much to admire about THE BLUEST EYE and Toni Morrison’s monumental perception and talent in portraying the complicated history and framework of Black lives in America."

THE BLUEST EYE continues through May 21st.

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Aurora Theatre's powerful audio play highlights the company's expertise in presenting nuanced language-based drama rather than video drama.
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!