CenterSeries presents
Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower(a work in progress)Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon Directed by Eric Ting

Integrated Programming

Class visit with Toshi Reagon to Professor of Theatre Robert Baker- White’s THEA 406 Senior Seminar: Theatre, Ritual, Play
Song Workshop by Toshi Reagon
Workshop by Toshi Reagon with Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Rashida Braggs’ AFR 314 Groovin’ the Written Word: The Role of Music in African American Literature and Professor of Theatre Robert Baker-White’s THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre
Q&A with Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Associate Dean of Faculty


Tariq Al-Sabir, Heather Christian, Curtiss Cook, Jr., Tomas Cruz, Helga Davis, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Carla Duren, Stephanie Hsu, Morley Kamen, Carl Hancock Rux, Karma Mayet Johnson, Josette Newsam Marchak, Shayna Small, Jason C. Walker.

Musicians: Bobby Burke, Fred Cash, Jr., Eric Cooper, Juliette Jones, Adam Widoff

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon brings her genre-bending music and irresistible performance style to this new opera, written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon. Parable of the Sower, adapted from Octavia Butler’s post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, follows a young woman fleeing the violence of a futuristic Los Angeles wracked by environmental catastrophe. The work blends science fiction with African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization.

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. Her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk has captivated audiences around the world, and her restless creativity has led her to collaborations with performers as wide-ranging as  experimental theatre pioneer Robert Wilson, poet Carl Hancock Rux, and the Urban Bush Women and LAVA dance troupes, and her godfather Pete Seeger.