FROM THE BLOG
"Collaboration is what makes theatre such a unique artform; you can never make it in isolation and often we make it in dialogue with other artists who have transformed our own creative lives. Over the course of ArtsEmerson’s seven seasons, we have seen a variety of examples of collaboration between some of the most significant artists of our time. Cicely Tyson and Horton Foote; Isabella Rossellini and Jean Claude Carrier; Mikhail Baryshnikov and Annie-B Parson. Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower is the newest opportunity for audiences to witness the result of the work of two great talents in conversation together on stage.
Octavia E. Butler is the mother of the Afrofuturism movement—a mix of black history and culture with science fiction themes that is thriving in our contemporary society. She has a huge following of fans who refer to themselves as “Blerds”—black nerds. Her body of work earned her many awards including being the first science fiction author to win a MacArthur Fellowship for fiction. Butler tells stories from black perspectives in intersectional narratives that bring many underrepresented communities into the imagined future of the United States.”