Shoestring Players Present Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” February 23-26

February 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Chantel Brown of Greenville performs as Pecola Breedlove in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” February 23-26 in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at USC Upstate.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 general admission and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty and staff.

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940’s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl.

The cast includes: Chantel Brown of Greenville as Pecola Breedlove; Shelia Counts of Orangeburg as Pauline Breedlove; Jason Battle of Americus, Ga., as Cholly Breedlove; Destini Anderson of Charleston as Frieda; Brittany Bailey of Rock Hill as Claudia; Quenton Lyles of Spartanburg as Daddy and a vocalist; Najee Joyner of St. Stephen as Soaphead Church; Toni Allison of Boiling Springs as Maureen and Mama; Kenia Simpson of Landrum as Darlene; and vocalist Dexter Simmons of Clinton.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the show, cash and checks only. For more information, please contact the box office at or call (864) 503-5695.