Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower
A CONCERT PERFORMANCE
TOSHI REAGON (Librettist, Composer, Music Director) is a composer, musician, producer, founder and leader of her own ensemble, Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely. She moves audiences with her cross-genre offerings of blues, rock, gospel and original compositions, and has collaborated with many artists including Carl Hancock Rux, Ani DiFranco, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello and Nona Hendryx. As a composer she has worked with Katori Hall, Urban Bush Women and The Jane Comfort Dance Co among others. She is currently touring Bessie Award-winning The Blues Project with tap dancer Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance. She is the curator for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Women’s Jazz Festival, and founded WORD*ROCK*&SWORD, a community festival that takes place throughout NYC every September. Together with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon, she has created two operas with director Robert Wilson, THE TEMPTATION OF ST ANTHONY and ZINNIAS, THE LIFE OF CLEMENTINE HUNTER. She has performed in venues and festivals throughout New York City and the world, including Joe’s Pub, CBGB’s, Madison Square Garden, BAM, Lincoln Center, Paris Opera House and Melbourne Arts Festival. Toshi is a 2015 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow.
BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON (Librettist, Composer) is a scholar, singer/songleader, activist. She performed as a member of the SNCC Freedom Singers during the 60s; she founded an all women acappella ensemble, The Harambee Singers during the Black Cultural Movement; she founded and led the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey In The Rock for 30 years until retirement. Reagon is one of the leading authorities in African American Cultural History, she is a recipient of the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Presidential Medal and Charles E Frankel Prize for Contributions to the Public Understanding of Humanities.
ERIC TING (Director) is an Obie Award-winning director and Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater. Recent directing credits include THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (MTC / Goodman), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE (CTG), Nora Chipaumire’s MIRIAM (BAM Next Wave), Jackie Sibblies Drury’s WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… (Soho Rep / Victory Gardens) and RISING SON (Singapore Rep). Ting was Long Wharf's Associate Artistic Director for ten years.
Tariq Al-Sabir, Tsilala Brock, Heather Christian, Curtiss Cook Jr., Tomas Cruz, Helga Davis, Karma Mayet Johnson, Morley Kamen, Kenita R. Miller, Josette Newsam-Marchak, Diana Oh, Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, Shayna Small, Jason Charles Walker
Bobby Burke, Fred Cash, Jr., Malcolm Parson, Juliette Jones, Adam Widoff