Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower


  • By Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • Directed by Eric Ting

A theatrical concert recreating Octavia Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece live on stage.

PARABLE OF THE SOWER is a triumphant, mesmerizing work of rare power and beauty that illuminates deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization. This theatrical concert brings together over 30 original anthems drawn from 200 years of Black music to recreate Butler’s sci-fi, Afrofuturist masterpiece live on stage. With music and lyrics composed by Toshi Reagon in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock), this compelling work gives life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name.

Co-Presented by Strathmore

“Toshi Reagon is a mainstay at The Public Theater, my former stomping grounds, and this piece was developed in collaboration with Joe’s Pub and the Under the Radar Festival there. From the moment I first heard the stunning score Toshi and Bernice created for this epic adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s  renowned novel, I just knew we needed to find a way to share it with our audiences. Since then, the need to elevate this powerful post-apocalyptic story filled with hope and human connection has only become more urgent. With a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, there could be no better home, or better partner, for this piece than Strathmore. I’m thrilled to join forces and unite our audiences to witness this visceral and mesmerizing new operatic work that beautifully reveals Butler’s stunningly prophetic insights on gender, race, and the future of American civilization.”

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director

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