MOXIE and Mo’olelo partner to bring San Diego “The Bluest Eye”

by moxielicious

We’ve been keeping the third show in our season under wraps but now we’re proud to finally reveal our co-production partners, the fabulous Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, and the very exciting project we’ll be producing together, Lydia Diamond’s adaptation of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning Toni Morrison’s classic American novel, “The Bluest Eye” playing Feb 2 – Mar 3, 2013 at MOXIE Theatre.

“The Bluest Eye” is Toni Morrison’s first novel, written in 1970 when she was teaching at Howard University. It tells the story of a year in the life of a young black girl living in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. Adapted by playwright Lydia Diamond in 2005, “The Bluest Eye” explores the legacy of racism and standards of beauty.

The play was originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in 2005. Playwright Lydia Diamond, who was introduced to San Diego through Mo`olelo’s 2011 production of Stick Fly, will return during the run for post-show talks with the audience.

This Mo`olelo/MOXIE co-production will be helmed by MOXIE’s Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg who comments “Whether or not you’re a woman of color, the habit of equating your personal self worth with your visual appearance is a problem all girls and women face. However smart and educated we are, many of us believe that if we don’t fit a certain standard of beauty, as it’s portrayed in the media, we’re less valuable to society and less deserving of love. We need to see this play now as much as we ever did, and it fulfills MOXIE’s mission to create more diverse and honest images of women for our culture on a number of levels.”

“I approached Delicia about the possibility of a co-production of this play a few months ago,” shared Mo`olelo’s Executive Artistic Director, Seema Sueko. “On our own, it would be too expensive to produce; together, I know we can do the play justice, and Delicia is the right director for the project.” Central to Mo`olelo’s mission is its commitment to producing plays that include significant roles for actors of color and that allow the Company to engage communities that are traditionally underserved by mainstream American theater. With the support from a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Mo`olelo and MOXIE will build upon Mo`olelo’s strong relationships with San Diego’s diverse African American communities and explore how this production can serve a variety of community needs.

Is your interest peaked? Reserve Your Seats Now or call the MOXIE box office at 858-598-7620

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