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The Bluest Eye’ Focuses On Issues Of Beauty And Personal Identity

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(from left to right) Actors Lorene Chesley, Marshel Adams and Cashae Monya in Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," a joint production of Moxie Theatre and Mo'olelo 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 book was later adapted for the stage, and starting this weekend, San Diego theatergoers can experience the play, presented as a joint production by Moxie Theatre and Mo'olelo Theatre.

"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.

The Bluest Eye” begins previews February 2. It runs through March 3 at Moxie Theatre in the College Area.

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