‘The Bluest Eye’ Focuses On Issues Of Beauty And Personal Identity
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Aired 1/30/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Lorene Chesley, actor, “The Bluest Eye.”
Warner Miller, actor, “The Bluest Eye.”
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, director, “The Bluest Eye,” and artistic director, Moxie Theatre.
Toni Morisson's first novel, The Bluest Eye, is about as painful and powerful as a book can get. Written in 1970, the book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an 11-year-old black girl living in 1940s Ohio, who longs for blue eyes in the hope that happiness, love and acceptance will follow. It also demonstrates the damaging effects of racism on a young psyche.
"The Bluest Eye" has become a rallying cry for people of color struggling with issues of beauty and identity. But the play reminds us that those issues transcend race and affect everyone.
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