The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

In co-production with MOXIE Theatre

February 2 – March 3, 2013

Adapted by Lydia Diamond
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Read about the project outcomes by clicking here and find the reviews below.

Performances at MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd, Suite N
San Diego, CA 92115

The Bluest Eye tells the story of one year in the life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Left to fend for herself, she blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow.  Adapted from the debut novel of Toni Morrison by the playwright of Mo’olelo’s 2011 production of Stick FlyThe Bluest Eye paints a portrait of the legacy of racism on a young girl’s psyche.

Box Office

Performances from February 2 – March 3, 2013 at MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd, Suite N
San Diego, CA 92115 

Preview Performances
February 2, 7 at 8:00 PM
February 3 at 2:00 PM

$15 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$20 Regular Adult
$15/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$12/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*

Press Opening Night Performance and Post-Show Party
February 8 at 8:00 PM

$30 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$40 Regular Adult

Regular Performances
February 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2 at 8:00 PM
February 10, 17, 24, March 3 at 2:00 PM

$22 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$30 Regular Adult
$22/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$15/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*

High School Matinees
Feb 13, 20, 27 at 10:00 AM
Please call 619-342-7395 for pricing of High School Matinees

To purchase tickets please click here or call 619-342-7395.

*Discounted group rates only valid for reservations made at least 24 hours in advance online or over the phone. They are not valid for purchases at the door on the day of the performance. Regular single ticket rates apply for all walk-in purchases made at the Box Office, even if you are affiliated with a group attending the same date. Nonprofit groups, please call 619-342-7395 to order your tickets. 

**The theater has an open seating policy. If you are booking your reservation online and you or someone in your party requires accessible seating, please fill out the “Wheelchair Seats” field when requesting the total amount of seats you wish to purchase.

Education and Outreach

Three Part Arts – Click for information about Mo`olelo’s work in the schools.
Click here to download the Teacher Study Guide for The Bluest Eye

Free Pre- and Post-Show Talks (subject to change, please check back for most current schedule):

Saturday, February 9 – “The Bluest Eye” – During this post-show talk, Starla Lewis and Sherehe Hollins will discuss how social values create color issues that impact how men, women, and children perceive themselves and relate to one another.
Sunday, February 10 –
Post-Show Talk with the cast and director
Friday, Feb. 15 – “Loving the Skin I’m In” – During this post show talk Starla Lewis and Sherehe Hollins will discuss self-love and discuss ways to transcend the social beauty standards that can get in the way of self-acceptance.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Post-Show Talk with playwright Lydia Diamond
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Post-Show Talk with playwright Lydia Diamond

Free Book Talk

Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm– Join Professors  T. Ford and Carlton Floyd, in a book discussion on Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye. You can read more about this event here.

$5 Workshops

4:00-5:30 PM on Saturday, February 23 – “It’s All Good!” – Come be a part of a woman’s circle and discussion on how definitions of beauty impact how women view themselves and relate to one another. The goal of this workshop is for participants to come into a deeper understanding and acceptance of their authentic beauty. *Everyone is welcome to join
4:00-5:30 PM on Saturday, March 2 – “For Every Mother & Daughter” – Join mother-daughter team, Starla Lewis and Sherehe Hollins as they invite women to explore the complexities of womanhood. This interactive workshop will provide participants with tools that will help strengthen relationships between mothers and daughters, through reflection, conversation and creative expression. *For women only

Click here to purchase tickets to the Feb 23 or March 2 workshop

Sponsors & Partners






Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

The deRose Foundation

Alvarado Cafe


Partner Organizations






National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) San Diego Branch

The Bluest Eye Artistic Team

Writer: Toni Morrison
Adaptator: Lydia Diamond
Director: Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Cast: (in alphabetical order) Marshel Adams,* Lorene Chesley,* Melissa Coleman-Reed, Chelsea Diggs-Smith, Abner Genece,* Kimberly King, Warner Miller,* Cashae Monya
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Stephens*
Scenic Designer: Brian Redfern
Lighting Designer: Luke Olson
Costume Designer: Emily N. Smith
Sound Designer: George Ye
Assistant Stage Manager: Lilliana Silva
Props Designer: Angelica Ynfante
Graphic Design: Seabright Studio
Illustrator: Kristina Micotti
Producers: Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company & MOXIE Theatre

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.



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