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Parable

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower

A CONCERT PERFORMANCE

MAR 23 - 26, 2017


TOSHI REAGON ((Librettist, Composer, Music Director) is a talented and versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out at a music festival, intimate venue or local club. She 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 founded WORD*ROCK*&SWORD, a community festival that takes place throughout New York City 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. Toshi co-composed music for two Peabody award-winning films, and received a NYFA Award for Music Composition, the 2010 OutMusic Heritage Award, and The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month honoree and was named a 2015 Art of Change Fellow by the Ford Foundation. Parable of the Sower received a 2016 NEFA National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant.


BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON (Librettist, Composer) is a scholar, singer/songleader and activist. For over half a century she has been a profound contributor to African-American and American culture. Born in Southwest Georgia, her singing style and traditional repertoire are grounded in her experiences in church, school and political activism. As a composer, she has created a narrative of her social and political activism through her songs and larger compositions. She performed as a member of the SNCC Freedom Singers during the sixties; she founded an all- women a cappella ensemble, The Harambee Singers during the Black Cultural Movement; she founded and led the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock for thirty years until retirement. Paralleling her work in music, 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.


WITH

TARIQ AL-SABIR, TSILALA BROCK, HEATHER CHRISTIAN, CURTISS COOK, JR., TOMAS CRUZ, HELGA DAVIS, CARL HANCOCK RUX, KARMA MAYET JOHNSON, MORLEY KAMEN, KENITA R. MILLER, JOSETTE NEWSAM-MARCHAK, DIANA OH, TOSHI REAGON, SHAYNA SMALL, JASON CHARLES WALKER


ORCHESTRA

BOBBIE BURKE, FRED CASH, JR., JULIETTE JONES, MALCOLM PARSON, ADAM WIDOFF

Choreography by MILLICENT JOHNNIE
Lighting Design by CHRISTOPHER KUHL
Audio Systems Design by JOHN KEMP
Stage Manager: TERRI K. KOHLER
Production Manager: DAVID NELSON
Line Producer: LILY LAMB-ATKINSON
Deck Audio Technician: MELISSA VALENCIA
Rehearsal Assistant: HANOI LOPEZ
Consultant: SHANTA THAKE

A ReagonArts Production
Produced by MEIYIN WANG

Learn more about the Parable of the Sower collaborators and journey at parableopera.com.