A Stage Reading of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye will be hosted by Oroki Rice Saturday, Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m. at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 E Badger Rd.

In “The Bluest Eye,” Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Oroki Rice of University of Wisconsin’s Odyssey Project Class of 2007 will direct a stage-reading of Lydia Diamond’s adaptation of The Bluest Eye.

This production consists of a mostly UW Odyssey Project Alumni cast.

What is a stage reading?
A stage reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement.

Free Admission for UW Odyssey Current Class and Alumni
$5 Donation for general public

Disclaimer: Due to the mature subject matter addressed in this production it is not suited for young children.

For more information please contact Oroki at 312.369.0613


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