SHOW DATES AND TIMES:
7:30 PM MARCH 30-31 AT THE ELLINGTON THEATRE
ADDRESS: 2001 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Ticket Prices: $15 students $20 adult $25 VIP Adult
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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is proud to announce its production of The Bluest Eye about a young black girl coming of age in 1940s Ohio. Taunted for her dark skin, Pecola Breedlove prays for blue eyes so she will be as loved and beautiful as the blonde, blue-eyed children in her community. Adapted by Lydia Diamond from Toni Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye is a haunting story that reveals the cost that a legacy of racism has on a community, a family, and a young girl.
The Bluest Eye is directed by Eric Ruffin. Like Toni Morrison 40 years earlier, Mr. Ruffin is a professor at Howard University. He spoke about the importance of bringing this story to young African American men and women. He says that the story, written in 1970 about a young girl living in the 1940s is still relevant today. He explains, “This play looks at where our perception of beauty comes from, how we treat each other based on that, and how our self-esteem is shaped by what our media, our community and our family deem as beautiful. Even today many people of color don’t see themselves as beautiful because of the images that are being held up on any