The Bluest Eye
Adapted by Lydia R. DiamondFrom the Novel By Toni Morrison
Directed by Andi Chapman
August 27–September 24, 2023
Pecola Breedlove, a young Black girl in 1940’s Ohio, wants nothing more than to be loved and prays for Shirley Temple’s blue eyes. Enthralling, gorgeously written, and incredibly heartrending, this stunning adaptation of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison’s debut novel centers three young Black girls as they strive to make sense of love, sisterhood, abuse, and hate.
Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes without an intermission
Content Advisory: Recommended for mature audiences ages 14 and up. This production will use strobe lights and haze.
“UNFLINCHING WISDOM… summon[s] the essence of the novel to powerful life onstage.”
-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
“EVOCATIVE… ACCOMPLISHED… Neither the passage of time nor the ongoing attempts to erase Morrison’s voice have dulled its purifying blaze… what you will witness will forever change your way of seeing.”
-Victoria Thomas, Local News Pasadena
“AN ASTOUNDING WORK OF ART… If you want to see theatre at its finest with all the cylinders firing, do not hesitate and go watch The Bluest Eye immediately.”
-Edward Hong, The Nerds of Color
“RHYTHM AND REPETITION, MOVEMENT AND MUSIC… The poetry and power of the Morrison novel come alive onstage in this seminal and deeply affecting work.”
-Laura Foti Cohen, Larchmont Buzz
“DARK AND STIRRING… rich with deeply moving narrative.”
-Eddie Rivera, Pasadena Now
“PITCH-PERFECT… a peerless cast… painfully exposes the poisonous effects of systemic racism and the heartbreak of shame, all the while retaining the distinctively rich and lyrical language of Morrison’s novel…. Few theatergoers will leave untouched by this courageous little miracle.”
-Eric Gordon, People’s World
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