The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Adapted by Lydia Diamond

Directed by Monica Payne

Scenic Design – Steffi Mayer-Staley
Costume Design – Cathleen Crocker-Perry
Lighting Design – Cat Wilson
Sound Design – Steve Shapiro

Produced by the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Conservatory Company (2016)

Director’s Note:
This novel, written in 1970, shows us the impact of racism and violence on a young African-American girl, Pecola Breedlove, and her heartbreaking pursuit of blue eyes as a sign of beauty and acceptance in the world.

“Monica Payne’s direction is inspired, even cubist. She brings the action from all angles simultaneously, with multiple narrators, speakers and singers — the cast surrounds the audience as if to say: We are in a womb. Watch. Listen. Feel the story kicking.” – Stuart Sheppard, Pittsburgh City Paper

“Payne does a wonderful job directing an extremely talented cast and ensemble giving the story and characters authenticity through a moving performance.” – Jack Lake, Pittsburgh in the Round

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