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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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!

An earlier version of this post failed to credit The Bay Area Theatre Cypher. We apologize to the BATC and to our community for this oversight, and will address it during our episode of Aurora Connects.

AURORA CONNECTS Season 3 Episode 7 | Indigenous EXCELLENCE

This week on Aurora Connects, Josh and Dawn are joined by a talented group of Bay Area Native and Indigenous theatre artists: director/"artivist" Shannon Davis, multidisciplinary artist Steven Flores, and rapper, beatboxer, actor Carlos Aguirre aka Infinite, who appeared in Aurora's Tell Tale Hearts hip hop theatre cabarets. We'll play the Bay Area Theatre Cypher music video "Indigenous Excellence" that our guests recently collaborated on with Bay Area Theatre Cypher, and discuss how the video came about and what the reaction to it has been. We'll also hear from our guests about some of the challenges and opportunities for indigenous artists, historically and right now, and about their various upcoming projects.

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



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