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Octavia E. Butler

A black banner image with a black and white photo of Toshi Reagon, laughing on stage. There is a graphic that reads "Parable Path Boston"

On May 22nd, ArtsEmerson hosted a livestream presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower where nearly 4500 people from all of the world joined us to listen to the powerful music of Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, performed by a cast of amazing artists at the NYU Abu Dhabi production in 2015. This special evening marked the launch of Toshi’s Parable Path Boston, her year long artist residency at Emerson College. We…

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A black banner image with a black and white picture of Toshi Reagon laughing and clasping her hands.

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…

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A picture from Parable of the Sower of the whole cast on stage holding hands.

On Tuesday, March 11th, ArtsEmerson and Toshi Reagon decided to postpone the Boston presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower to OCT 1-4, 2020. A week later they gathered on Zoom to reflect on that decision, the state of the Now, and prognosis for the Next. In the following conversation hosted by Howlround, David Dower and David C. Howse—artistic director and executive director of ArtsEmerson, respectively—talk with Toshi about that decision. For a…

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Today, March 26th, 2020 was the scheduled start date for Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. To explain how and why the venue will be empty tonight rather than filled with the songs of Bernice and Toshi Reagon, artistic director David Dower explains the conversations and events that led us to this moment over the last few weeks As we moved through the process of decision-making related to our response to…

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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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