The DuSable Museum of African American History is partnering with the 4th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to present a production of The Bluest Eye, based on Toni Morrison's 1970 groundbreaking coming-of-age novel.
The production will run Jan. 28-30 at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl.
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 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.
Tickets are $30 ($20 for students) and are on sale now at chicagopuppetfest.org . The Bluest Eye runs two hours, and is recommended for people 16 and older.
Note: COVID-19 safety precautions will be in effect per city and state mandates, including proof of vaccination (with ID), and mandatory mask-wearing throughout the performance.