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Two UCSD MFA Alumna return to San Diego to lead the storytelling 

January 26, 2013 (San Diego)--Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and MOXIE Theatre have announced the cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia Diamond.  The play, about the legacy of racism on a young Black girl, begins previews on February 2 and runs to March 3, 2013, at MOXIE Theatre, located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Suite N, San Diego, CA, 92115, with a Press Opening on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at or 619-342-7395.

As previously announced, MOXIE Theatre’s award-winning Artistic Director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, will helm the project, directing a dynamic ensemble of actors. Leading the storytelling of The Bluest Eye will be UCSD MFA alumnae Lorene Chesley as Claudia, last seen in Mo`olelo’s Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond, and Marshel Adams as Frieda. Local actor Cashae Monya plays the delicate Pecola; and returning to San Diego for the first time since appearing as Ater in The Old Globe’s Since Africa is Warner Miller. He portrays the complex character of Pecola’s abused and abusive father, Cholly. Abner Genece, Chair of San Diego’s Actors’ Equity Association’s liaison committee, will portray the poignant Soaphead Church and Daddy. Rounding out the cast are Melissa Coleman-Reed, a member of one of San Diego’s newest companies Circle Circle dot dot, as Mrs. Breedlove, Kimberly King as Mama, and Chelsea Diggs-Smith as Maureen Peal.

The creative team includes Brian Redfern (Scenic Design), Luke Olson (Lighting Design), George Yé (Sound Design), Emily N. Smith (Costume Design), Angelica Ynfante (Properties Design/Technical Director), Missy Bradstreet (Wigs and Make-up), and Elizabeth Stephens (Stage Manager).

“It is an honor to work with this talented ensemble and dynamic production team on Toni Morrison’s classic story adapted by one of America’s hottest contemporary playwrights, Lydia Diamond.” says MOXIE Artistic Director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg.

The Bluest Eye and its concurrent arts education program, Three Part Arts, are made possible with support from The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, The James Irvine Foundation, QUALCOMM Foundation, Nordson Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and Dea and Osborn Hurston.

For tickets & Information visit, or call:  or 619-342-7395.

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