Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

Audio drama free to Aurora Theatre Company Members

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Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

April 9–May 21, 2021
Runtime: 1 hour and 50 minutes

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.

— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Content Advisory: The Bluest Eye contains subject matter that some viewers may find disturbing and/or triggering, including topics such as abuse, sexual violence, rape, and racial trauma.

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Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye