2006-07 Season 5

The Bluest Eye 2006

Adapted by Lydia Diamond from the novel by Toni Morrison
Directed by David Muse

October 2006

A story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940’s 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. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl.

Cast

Mama  Lynn Chavis
Frieda/ Darleen  Jessica Frances Dukes
Mrs. Breedlove  Aakhu Freeman
Soaphead Church  Alfred Kemp
Maureen/ White Girl  Lia LaCour
Claudia  Erika Rose
Pecola  Carleen Troy
Cholly  Jeorge Watson

Production Team

Director  David Muse
Assistant Director  Shanna Beauchamp
Musical Director  Tracy Olivera
Stage Manager  Jenn Carlson
Assistant Stage Managers  Max von Duerckheim & Debbi Arseneaux
Production Assistant  Shawn Helm
Scenic Designer  Tony Cisek
Lighting Designer  John Burkland
Costume Designer  Reggie Ray
Associate Costume Designer  Kathleen Geldard
Sound Designer  Ryan Rumery
Master Electrician  William Ley
Sound Board Opperator  Tom Trulecky
Sound Technician  Will Burns
Properties Designer  Tracie Duncan
Assistant Properties Designer  Anne McCormally
Scenic Painter  Holly Heighfill
Carpenters  Jon Boags & Carleen Troy

Press

What They Say

“The stellar performances are all noteworthy with both Lynn Chavis and Aakhu Freeman in exceptional fine voice and committed delivery, along with Erika Rose’s observations and hilarious snappy asides.”

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DC Theatre Scene

“The director elicits strong work from everyone. The most affecting scene comes late, in the strange exchange between a preacher of deluded spirit, played by the excellent Alfred Kemp, and Pecola…”

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The Washington Post

2007 Helen Hayes Awards

Nominee

  • Ensemble

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