Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove is a young, black girl growing up in Ohio in the 1940s. But shed like very much to be someone else. She prays that her eyes will turn blue, which will mean shes no longer a poor, neglected black girl whos carrying her fathers baby. She wishes other people had different eyes, as well. Her happiness will come, she knows, if only the world -- a dark, turbulent, often unkind world -- is able to view her through kinder eyes.
The Bluest Eye is adapted from Toni Morrisons novel about a young girls coming of age in the racially charged, postwar Midwest. Playwright Lydia Diamond has maintained the original storys complex series of narrative perspectives, so much so that New York critics carped that the plays Broadway debut sometimes felt like a staged reading of Morrisons book.