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About this show

Based on the postapocalyptic novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, this show is a genre-defying opera that harnesses two centuries of black music. Conceived by Toshi Reagon in collaboration with the iconic singer, scholar, and activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower chronicles the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina in a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by unrelenting greed and systemic injustice. Parable fuses science fiction; African-American spiritualism; and a deep examination of gender, race, and environmental activism to construct a mesmerizing work of rare power and beauty that looks toward the future of human civilization.

Show Details

  • Running Time:2hr (0 intermissions)
  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:Public Theater, Off-Broadway