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parable of the sower

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 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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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 still from Parable of the Sower featuring three characters, dressed in flannels, in the midst of the action of the plot.

Our friends at NYU/Abu Dhabi have offered a “Bonus Track” for our Together Apart: Explore New Worlds From Home series. They are doing a world-wide screening of Toshi Reagon’s concert version of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, which they captured live when it played there in 2015. The stream will start at noon, Boston time, on Wednesday, April 22nd. And yes, that’s Earth Day! Those of you who caught this concert version of…

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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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