Toni Morrison’s, “The Bluest Eye”, to open at the Huntington Theater

BOSTON — After more than a year of delays and COVID restrictions, Director Awoye Timpo can finally continue her journey to bringing Toni Morrison’s, “The Bluest Eye,” to audiences at the Huntington Theater.

The show opens on January 28th.

Adapted from Morrison’s first novel by Lydia R. Diamond, the play reimagines Morrison’s haunting and powerful book.

“The story follows a community, and we get to hear the stories of a community through the eyes of two young girls,” Timpo told Boston 25. ”The things people are striving for, the things people are running away from, the ways people are looking out for each other or not and how that affects everybody’s life.”

The Bluest Eye tells the story of Pecola, a young Black girl who believes everything in her world would be made wonderful if only she had blue eyes.

Published in 1970, The Bluest Eye quickly charted a new path in American literature by placing young Black girls at its center.

“To take something so vast and really think about what are the kind of essential events of the story and find a way to string them together in a way and fells dramatic,” Timpo says.

“I hope that people can look at this piece that feels like a piece from the past and really understand that it’s a piece from the present and help us understand what the work is to lead a larger societal healing.”

More details from The Huntington Theatre:

In-person performances: January 28 – March 13, 2022

Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm

Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm

Days and times vary; see complete schedule above.

Digital: Available until March 27, 2022

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, no intermission

WHERE

The Huntington/Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont Street, South End, Boston.

TICKETS

Tickets to in-person performances and to a digital recording of the performance start at $25. Season ticket packages and FlexPasses are also now on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org
  • by phone at 617-266-0800; or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, South End, Boston

Select discounts apply:

  • $10 off: season ticket holders
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

ACCESS PERFORMANCES FOR THE BLUEST EYE

Tickets are $20 for each patron and their guests. To reserve tickets please email access@huntingtontheatre.org, call ticketing services at 617-266-0800, or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, South End, Boston. Accessible performances are supported in part by the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

ASL-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Friday, February 11 at 8pm. The Huntington offers American Sign Language interpretation at designated performances for patrons who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30pm. The Huntington offers open captioning at designated performances for any patron who benefits from having the text of spoken dialogue visible in time with the play.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday, February 26 at 2pm. The Huntington offers audio description for patrons who are blind or low-vision at designated performances. Please visit huntingtontheatre.org/visit/accessibility for date/time information.

Large Print and Braille Programs will also be available for patrons at performances.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The Huntington is committed to providing safe and healthy venues for our audiences, artists, staff, and community. As mandated by the city of Boston, all patrons must present proof of vaccination to enter the theatre and must wear masks throughout the theatre. More information can be found at huntingtontheatre.org/covid.

Our specific policies and protocols are evolving and subject to change and will be communicated clearly to ticket holders in advance of their performance. Anyone not complying with safety protocols will not be admitted. The Huntington encourages any patrons who feel ill or test positive for COVID-19, to refrain from coming to the theatre, and to contact tickets@huntingtontheatre.org to exchange their tickets into another performance or to a digital option.

DIGITAL INSURANCE

If patrons ever feel as if they would rather not see The Bluest Eye in person – for any reason – they can easily exchange their tickets into a specially recorded version of this play. OR, they can purchase pay-what-you-wish tickets to the digital version of The Bluest Eye in advance.

The digital recording of The Bluest Eye will be available until March 27.