At Williams College: Toshi Reagon: Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Sower,” an opera

“Parable of the Sower,”

(Work in Progress)

Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

Directed by Eric Ting

Nov 4th | 8:00 PM | $10 / $3 (students)
Tickets available at the door.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon brings her genre-bending music and irresistible performance style to this new opera, written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon. Parable of the Sower, adapted from Octavia Butler’s post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, follows a young woman fleeing the violence of a futuristic Los Angeles wracked by environmental catastrophe. The work blends science fiction with African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization.

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. Her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk has captivated audiences around the world, and her restless creativity has led her to collaborations with performers as wide-ranging as experimental theatre pioneer Robert Wilson, poet Carl Hancock Rux, and the Urban Bush Women and LAVA dance troupes, and her godfather Pete Seeger.

Integrated Programming

Class visit with Toshi Reagon THEA 406
Oct 12 | ’62 Center | 1:00 PM

Song Workshop by Toshi Reagon
Oct 12 | Directing Studio | 5:00 PM

Workshop by Toshi Reagon AFR 314 & THEA 201
Oct 13 | ’62 Center | 1:00 PM

Q&A with Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Religion, Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center
Nov 4 | MainStage | Post-show

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