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2020 has been quite a year for all of us. As we reflect on the past year we want to thank you for your incredible support of ArtsEmerson and our artists this season. We were fortunate to receive both national and local funding that enabled us to continue supporting international artists in the creation of new works. Currently, we are nurturing a thrilling bounty of new forms, new stories, and experiments in new platforms being…

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A black and white image with the text that says "A Behind the Scenes Look at Parable of the Sower"

It takes almost a year from when a production is chosen for our season to full realization on stage. From estimating space needs and resources, renting equipment and scheduling crew, to production schedules and load in, production of a show is all about collaboration. Our entire production department of 15 is wholly committed to making sure each artist’s vision is respected and brought to life. The following is a glimpse of the process through our…

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Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower has become an ever present staple in American literature, and though published in 1993, remains continuously relevant today. With rising mounting concerns surrounding climate change and the proverbial end of the world, Parable of the Sower offers us lessons on survival, community, and striving for a sense of normalcy amongst the chaos. The impact of Butler’s work goes beyond Parable of the Sower, dubbed the godmother of Afrofuturism…

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