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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye
"A must-see production … an altogether superb (and harrowing) world premiere stage adaptation." —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Diamond's sharp, wrenching, deeply humane adaptation … helps us discover how an innocent like Pecola can be undone so thoroughly by a racist world that, if it sees her at all, does so only long enough to kick the pins out from under her." —Chicago Reader

"A spare and haunting play … The playwright displays a delicate touch that seems right for the theme spiraling through the piece: that of the invidious influence of a white-majority nation not yet mature enough to validate beauty in all its forms." —The Washington Post

"Diamond even addresses the lack that Morrison herself found in the novel. In the afterword to a 1994 edition, she says the book doesn't effectively handle the silence at its center: the void that is Pecola's 'unbeing.' Making up for that silence, Diamond creates new monologues for the child that make clear just how desperate she is for a warm and kind touch … At the same time Diamond, like Morrison, largely avoids cheap sentimentality and keeps intact the novel's rich humor, much of it rooted in children's attempts to decipher adults' confusing coded language." —Chicago Reader

"Poignant, provocative." —Backstage

"This is a powerful coming-of-age story that should be seen by all young girls." —

"This is bittersweet, moving drama that preserves the vigor and the disquiet of Ms. Morrison's novel … for theatergoers of any age, it is not to be missed." —The New York Sun

"[Toni Morrison's] complex narrative is faithfully translated to the stage … rich language … supple eloquence." —The New York Times

AATE Distinguished Play Award (2008, Adaptation)
Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond from the novel by Toni Morrison.

Cast: 2 to 3m., 6 to 10w. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940's Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl. Flexible staging. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  BC4
Cast Size:  13
No. of Act(s):  3
Pages:  72
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583425381
Publication Date: 06/04/2007
Lydia R. Diamond is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays include Stage Black (premiered at Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, 3rd place Theodore Ward Prize); The Gift Horse (premiered at the Goodman Theatre, 2nd place Kesselring Prize, 1st place Theodore Ward Prize); Stick Fly (premiered at Congo Square Theatre Company, 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award ...More
Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. She has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities. She was appointed the Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton University, spring 1989, a post she held until 2006. Among the universities where she has held teaching posts are Yale, Bard College and Rutgers. ...More
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