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Indigo Arts Alliance & Portland Ovations - In association with Bowdoin College present

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

April 14, 2023 • 7PM

Merrill Auditorium


Created by
Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon  

Music and Lyrics by
Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon  

Co-Directed by
Signe V. Harriday & Eric Ting 

"While Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s music and lyrics expertly reimagined Butler’s story, it is the actors’ passionate portrayals of the characters and superb musical talent that made the opera so immersive and emotional."

All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. Based on the landmark sci-fi novels by Afrofuturist author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying, modern congregational opera that celebrates two centuries of Black music. Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, Parable chronicles the spiritual awakening of Lauren Olamina amidst an America plagued by the products of unrelenting greed, systemic injustice and climate change denial. With an ensemble of more than 20 musicians, Parable transforms the operatic form, fusing African-American spiritualism, deep insights into gender and race, and climate activism into a new musical experience that thrills and inspires.

Part of the Seeking Resonance series.


FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023 – 7PM




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Wheelchair accessible, Assisted hearing available. This performance will be ASL interpreted. Read more about accessibility at Merrill Auditorium.


Join Parable Path Maine for a series of exciting events leading up to the April performance of Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” Created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Parable Path Maine is a framework for community organizing and artistic engagement based on Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. This initiative is led by multi-hyphenate musician Toshi Reagon, Bowdoin College’s Joseph McKeen 2022-23 Visiting Fellow, and is supported by Maine Humanities Council, Indigo Arts Alliance and Bowdoin College.

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