Demonstration Performance Octavia E. Butler’s Parable Of The Sower
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Demonstration Performance
Octavia E. Butler’s Parable Of The Sower
Created By Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Grades 9-12
Fri, Mar 6 at 10:30AM
Royce Hall

Based on the acclaimed science fiction novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler, this genre-defying work of political theater features a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers, actors and musicians and harnesses 200 years of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s work. Parable of the Sower, set in 2024 and published in 1993, grapples with many of the same issues we face today—global warming, corporate influence over government, a destabilized economy, water scarcity, food scarcity, the privatization of social services, homelessness, public safety, a return of long forgotten diseases and the profit-making machine that runs the medical industry. 

Written by singer, composer and producer Toshi Reagon in collaboration with her mother, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (song leader, composer, scholar, social activist and founder of Sweet Honey In the Rock), Parable of the Sower is a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights into gender, race and the future of human civilization.

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