PLEASE NOTE: The dates for these performances changed after our Festival Guide went to print. The dates on this page are correct.
A triumphant, mesmerizing work of rare power and beauty that illuminates insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower is “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride.” (Vibe Magazine) This fully staged opera created by Toshi Reagan in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, brings together more than 30 original anthems drawn from 200 years of black music to recreate Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece. Parable of the Sower explores climate change, political division and other timely issues through the spiritual awakening of Lauren Olamina, a 15-year-old Black girl in a not-too-distant future of climate catastrophe and economic devastation.
A Special Thank You to our Parable of the Sower Champions Circle:
Candace Barrington & Michael Shea
Bob & Priscilla Dannies
Andrew Forsyth & Josh Goodbaum
Gordon & Shelley Geballe
Penn & Diane Holsenbeck
Annie Lin & Brendan Woo
Michael Morand & William Frank Mitchell
Jennifer Harrison Newman
Barbara Rockenbach & Dan Wilderman
Betsy & William Sledge
Leonardo H. Suzio & John Hansen
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.