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parable of the sower

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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Toshi Reagon singing into a microphone

Self described as a “postmodern rhythm & blues woman who’s got something special,” it is no surprise that Toshi Reagon has captured the attention of artists and activists worldwide. Toshi is many things — a musician, writer, composer, and producer just to name a few — and the combination of her skills and voice have created a movement that ties the political to the artistic, to song to the earth, and the personal to the…

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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.

During our 2017/2018 Season, we co-produced The White Card written by Claudia Rankine with the American Repertory Theatre. A monumental work of theatre, Rankine’s words resonated with audiences and prompted inquisitive questioning showcasing the power of a skilled writer. As we inched closer to opening night, ArtsEmerson had conducted a book club of Rankine’s work to offer audiences an even deeper experience called Citizen Read. Gathering communities from Boston and Cambridge, nearly 1300 people all…

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