“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 and Bernice Johnson Reagon, 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.
CAST: Shayna Small carla duren Helga Davis Jason Charles Walker Karma Mayet Johnson Curtiss Cook Jr. Josette Marchak Maria-Christina Oliveras Tomas Cruz Morley Shanti Kamen Tsilala Graham-Haynes Carl Hancock Rux Tariq Al-Sabir Jeanna Phillips
ORCHESTRA: Fred Cash, Juliette Jones Adam Widoff Bobby Burke
Directed by Eric Ting
Produced by Meiyin Wang and Wise Reagon Arts
Based on the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler.