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Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon (USA)


The Public: Newman Theater

Monday, January 8 - Monday, January 15

Running Time: 2 Hours
with no intermission

Members and Partners: $30
Full: $35 + fees

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Photo by Paul Marotta

“All that you touch You Change.  All that you Change, Changes you. The Only Lasting Truth is Change”
– Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

Based on the post-apocalyptic novel by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying opera that harnesses two centuries of Black music.

Conceived by Toshi Reagon, whom Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable chronicles the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina amidst a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by unrelenting greed and systemic injustice.

Parable fuses science fiction, African-American spiritualism, a deep examination of gender, race and environmental activism to construct a mesmerizing work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on the future of human civilization.

Based on the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler.

Originally commissioned by The Public Theater, and Co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. World Premiere at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi November 9, 2017.  It is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationOCTAVIA E. BUTLER'S PARABLE OF THE SOWER was developed with support by The Public Theater and during a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY. Additional support provided by the Apollo’s Salon Series Program. Fiscally sponsored by Cal Shakes.

THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.

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Created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Directed by Eric Ting
Choreographed by Millicent Johnnie


Set Design by Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design by Dede M. Ayite
Lighting Design by Christopher Kuhl
Audio Systems by John Kemp
Art Installation by Abigail Deville


Production Stage Manager Chris De Camillis

Production Manager Dave Nelson

Associate Directed by Logan Vaughn

Associate Producer A.Z. Kelsey

Assistant Choreographed by Melissa Cobblah

Dance Captain Tsilala Brock

Associate Set Design by Dedalus Wainwright

Additional Lighting Programming by Jonah Camiel

Additional Audio by Melissa Valencia and Walter Tilmann

PA Caroline Englander

Intern Kadaja Brown

Producer Meiyin Wang
Produced by Wise Reagon Arts and Meiyin Wang


With Tariq Al-Sabir, Tsilala Brock, Curtiss Cook Jr., Tomas Cruz, Helga Davis, Carla Duren, Morley KamenKarma Mayet, Josette Newsam-Marchak, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jeanna Phillips, Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, Shayna Small, and Jason Charles Walker



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