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The Bluest Eye

January 28 - March 26, 2022

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Celebrate the legacy of the landmark Toni Morrison novel

Novel by Toni Morrison
Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond | Directed by Awoye Timpo
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA, 527 Tremont St.

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Cancellation Notice: The Huntington is cancelling all remaining in-person performances of The Bluest Eye due to the detection of breakthrough COVID within the company. See below for more details. Digital stream available for purchase here.


Approximate Run Time: One hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.


Content Warning: The Bluest Eye contains mentions of domestic violence, and alcohol abuse; instances of racism, and sexual assault of a minor, as well as descriptions of incest.

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The Huntington is cancelling all remaining in-person performances of The Bluest Eye due to the detection of breakthrough COVID within the company.


We are still offering a high quality, 11-camera digital stream of the Bluest Eye through April 9th. Digital stream tickets can be purchased here.


Affected patrons are being contacted with further instructions.


Ticketing services is available from noon to 6 on most days and can be reached at 617-266-0800 if you have any questions or would like to exchange your tickets.


Ticketing Services hours can be found here.


Thank you again for your support of The Huntington. We hope that you stay safe and well, and that we’ll see you at the theatre again soon.

Show Synopsis:

Celebrate the legacy of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison and see her classic debut novel come to life. Boston favorite Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People at The Huntington) adapts the book with grace and subtlety. The Bluest Eye tells the story of Pecola, a young Black girl who believes the world would be wonderful if she could have blue eyes. Enthralling, gorgeously written, and incredibly emotional, The Bluest Eye is an American touchstone.

Director Awoye Timpo is inspired by the storytelling traditions of Black rituals. Audiences will be seated in a circle surrounding the actors, and the experience will create a space for provocation, remembrance and healing. In Awoye’s words, “Coming together in a circle to tell a story is essential to our humanity. That’s what we’re inviting the community into with The Bluest Eye.”

Masked Matinees & Masks-Encouraged Evenings

In recognition of fluctuating trends in COVID transmission and varying levels of comfort among our patrons, The Huntington is continuing to offer two different masking experiences for The Art of Burning.

“Masked Matinees” – Masks are required inside the theater unless actively eating/drinking concessions. Masks remain optional in the restrooms and lobbies.
Matinees were chosen in order to offer multiple masked-experiences per week, some weekdays and some weekends.

Masks-Encouraged Evenings – Masks are encouraged but not required.

Anyone who feels uncomfortable can ask the House Manager about alternative options which may include:
• a better quality mask
• a new seat further distanced from other patrons
• re-scheduling for a different performance, such as a “masked matinee”
• a shift to the at-home Digital Streaming option.

Any patron interested in attending a different performance will be able to exchange their tickets by contacting our ticketing services staff.



Tickets for most Huntington productions through June 2023 come with digital insurance, and any ticketholders who would rather not see a performance in person for any reason can easily exchange their in-person tickets for a home viewing opportunity of a specially recorded version of the play, if available. Digital Insurance is currently available for The Art of Burning, K-I-S-S-I-N-G and Joy & Pandemic.

These COVID policies will be in place through February 13, 2023, and we will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date information on our health and safety policies and season shows, please visit this page. If you have any questions, please email

Cast and Crew

Toni Morrison


Awoye Timpo


Lydia R. Diamond


Ramona Lisa Alexander




Hadar Busia-Singleton


Brian D. Coats

Daddy/Soaphead Church

Bjorn DuPaty

Cholly (Starting March 5)

McKenzie Frye

Mrs. Breedlove

Lindsley Howard

Maureen Peal/White Girl

Alexandria King


Greg Alverez Reid

Cholly (thru March 4)

David Freeman Coleman

Music Director

Adam Honoré

Lighting Design

Aubrey Dube

Sound Designer

J. Jared Janas

Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer

Lucas Bryce Dixon

Assistant Stage Manager

Sandy Alexandre


Alaine Alldaffer


Rodrigo Muñoz

Costume Designer

Dede Ayite

Co-Costume Designer

Emily F. McMullen

Production Stage Manager

Jasmine Brooks – Assistant Director
Kaedon Gray – Assistant Choreographer
Omar Robinson – Fight Consultant
Dr. Samuel Nkansah – African Storytelling Consultant
Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson – Intimacy Coordinator
Ramona Lisa Alexander – Dance Captain
Cherie Corinne Rice – Dialect & Voice Coach
Susan Kinney – Rake Consultant
Jamie Carty, Winnie Chiang – Production Assistants
Baron Pugh – Associate Scenic Designer
Ethan Brown, Laura Valenti, Gaya Chatterjee – Assistant Scenic Designers
Caitlyn Buja, Duncan Kennedy, Elektra Newman, Isaac West, Jamie Carty, Jay Grannis, Rachael Hasse – Carpenters
Emily Keebler – First Costumer
Brittany Meehan – Stitcher
Kevin Barnett, Anna Brevetti, Dean Covert, Gabe Goldman, Angela Mantel, Callie Moos, Mark Whipple – Electricians
Jessica Hawkins – Assistant Sound Engineer
Lexie Lankiewicz – Audio Run Crew/A2

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