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Announcing Parable Path Boston, Toshi Reagon’s Residency and Livesteam Parable of the Sower!

Parable Path Boston will kick-off on May 22 with a stream of the concert version Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower from NYU Abu Dhabi as part of the Together Apart series. The event will also include pre and post event conversations with panelists in conversation with Toshi Reagon. To learn more about our panelists, click here. You can leave questions for the panelists here for the pre and post show conversations.

You can watch this livestream event Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, FRI, MAY 22 at 6PM EDT right here on the blog, YouTube, or on ArtsEmerson’s Facebook page.

6:00pm EDT: Introduction and pre-conversation w/ panelists (MeiYin Wang and Shanta Thake) – This conversation will be ASL interpreted
7:00pm EDT: Parable concert stream begins – This event will be closed captioned
8:30pm EDT: Post-show conversation with the artists (Eric Ting, Morley Kamen, Karma Mayet Johnson, and Signe Harriday) – This conversation will be ASL interpreted
9:30pm EDT: Event ends


Since presenting the concert performance Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower in 2017, ArtsEmerson has been honored to continue deep work with the production’s composer, Toshi Reagon, and her commitment to social justice and community engagement.

Boston artists (left to right) Nahdra Ra, Kendra Hicks, Ngoc-Tran Vu, Melissa Alexis, Latifa Ziyad and Letta Neely meet with Toshi Reagon (center) at Dorchester’s Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor to discuss the Parable Path Boston. (Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo)

Especially in this current moment, it is clear that the lessons of Parable of the Sower remain ever more present and that society has much more growth to pursue. At ArtsEmerson, we have felt that call to growth which inspired our Together Apart series and our transparency with our audiences through our Town Halls with Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse.

Throughout these circumstances, we have remained dedicated to curating community online and hope that when we are allowed to gather, we can continue this curation in physical and digital spaces. That is why we are thrilled to announce Parable Path Boston, Toshi Reagon’s year-long artist initiative with Emerson College centralized around the message and creative process of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you.

If you haven’t already, make sure to register for the Together Apart series to receive updates, access links, and viewing reminders.

As we continue to navigate through these unfortunate circumstances, we hope you will consider making a gift to ArtsEmerson by clicking here. Your generosity will help us deliver inspired programming to the comfort of your own homes while sustaining us for the future when we can commune in our theatres once again. 


  1. I really wanted to see the Parable of the Sower, registered, did the whole bit, was informed that I could watch it on the blog, but the ‘watch now’ never appeared, and I just could not figure out how to get to see it. That is horribly disappointing. Why didn’t it just have a ‘watch now’ or ‘to watch go to…..”.

    • Blair NodelmanMay 22, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Naomi, The show has just started and you can watch right here on the blog! The blog post you commented on has the video to watch the stream, as well as a link to our YouTube and FB where it is also streaming.

  2. M.D. SmithMay 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Dear “Arts Emerson Fam”:

    This live stream broadcast of “Parable of the Sower” was phenomenal!!! Thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting narrative & musical experience. Muchas Gracias for sharing this gem production while being “Together Apart.” Keep up the excellence in all u do. PEACE & BLESSINGS!!!

  3. moti j' watsonMay 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm


  4. Jeremy AlligerMay 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Honored to witness so much power and beauty. Was present at Arts Emerson’s presentation of the work, and I am beyond thrilled to re-visit the journey!


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