Theater 2022

Felon: An American Washi Tale

Reginald Dwayne Betts explores the experience and lingering consequences of having a criminal record in a solo theater show based on his poetry collection, Felon.

Exploring Chinese Art Song with Noah Fang

Yale-China Fellow

FREE. Noah Fang is an ethnomusicologist who studies traditional Chinese musical forms and is a musician himself. A 2022 Yale-China Arts Fellow at the Festival, Fang with mezzo soprano Ying Li will present a lecture-recital that illustrates the rich cultural history of Chinese Art Song.

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: An Opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

Co-presented with the Yale Schwarzman Center

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.


Co-presented by Long Wharf Theatre

FREE. Inspired by the past few years, this work-in-progress showcase features original songs written and created by Obie-award winner Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall. The piece is a kaleidoscopic reflection on isolation and longing, about breaking apart and breaking free, the nature of connection and the importance of community.