The Bluest Eye – April 2011
Written by Lydia Diamond, adapted from a novel written by Toni Morrison
Directed by April Jones
Co-produced with The Barksdale Theatre, at the Raymond Hodges Theatre, VCU
This bittersweet drama preserves the vigor and disquiet of Toni Morrison’s first novel. Set in the 1940s, Pecola is a young black girl who yearns to see the world through blue eyes so that she may be loved. In truth, the world needs to see Pecola through a lense unclouded by racism and beauty defined by a myopic white culture. This is a beautiful, tragic story of childhood innocence lost told through Morrison’s brilliant prose.