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Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”
January 28, 2022 - January 28, 2022; 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center is partnering with the 4th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to present a remarkable production of The Bluest Eye, based on Toni Morrison’s 1970 groundbreaking coming-of-age novel, Friday through Sunday, January 28-30, 2022.
In this version of The Bluest Eye, an unforgettable synthesis of puppets, puppeteers and actors brings one of the Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s most influential works into a contemporary context. This unique adaptation making its Chicago debut is co-created and directed by Margaret Laurena Kemp and Janni Younge, based on the adaptation by acclaimed playwright Lydia Diamond.
The Bluest Eye tells the indelible story of Pecola Breedlove, a young Black girl caught in tragic circumstances. Her best friend narrates Pecola’s search for the source of responsibility and for an understanding of her own part in the story. The play examines how identity is shaped, while celebrated South African artist Janni Younge’s puppetry highlights the formation and fragility of self, literally building the self as it is held and supported (or not) by a community at large.
Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29 at 7:30p.m. and Sunday, January30 at 3:00 p.m. The Sunday matinee will be followed by a post-show talk back with the artists.
Tickets are $39, $20 for students and are on sale at chicagopuppetfest.org. The Bluest Eye runs two hours, and it is recommended for ages 16 and up.