A Testament to the Power of Performance

As the year ends and we prepare to return to live performance in the spring, we asked some of our patrons to help us look back on our last live presentation at Royce Hall, Toshi Reagon’s Parable Of The Sower. Thank you to all who filled out the survey!

Based on Octavia Butler’s popular novel, the much-anticipated concert opera piece that Reagon worked on as an artist in residence with CAP UCLA during 2018-19 was presented to a sold out crowd on March 7, 2020. The survey respondents said they were excited and there was an ‘exhilarating great energy’ in the hall.

CAP UCLA at Royce Hall presenting Parable Of The Sower Photo by Reed Hutchinson

The show, a testament to the power of performance, has been referenced positively by several Angelenos as the last live show they saw before the pandemic shutdown. And the Los Angeles Times declared it a ‘lavish, powerful work’ and that ‘there is a genuine power to the Reagons’ “Sower.”’

Our patrons said:

“I love live performance, and Ms. Reagon’s work that night was no exception. And then – poof – the pandemic hit and we haven’t been to a live performance since.”

“I’m glad that my last live show was such a good one.”

“Incredibly happy to remember this as ‘the last public gathering I attended before [the pandemic began].’”

Now we’ll ask you, what is your favorite part of being in a theater? Share your memories with us on social by using #CAPUCLA. And save the date for our spring announcement on January 11th.