Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler’s

Parable of the Sower

Created by
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon

Music & Lyrics by
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon

Co-Directed by Signe V. Harriday & Eric Ting


Wed, June 28, 2023 | 8pm
Thu, June 29, 2023 | 8pm
Fri, June 30, 2023 | 8pm
Sat, July 1, 2023 | 4pm


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The Music Center at Strathmore

Parable of the Sower returns for an encore performance—a triumphant, mesmerizing display of power and beauty, illuminating deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization. With music and lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, this compelling work gives life to Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed, science fiction novel of the same name.  

Fully staged, the opera brings together over 30 original anthems, drawn from 200 years of Black music, to recreate Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece. 

Working with Toshi is like going to church. You are at a gathering, and when you leave that gathering, you have a renewed spirit for activism and purpose in life.

Allison Miller

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