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Watch Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ opera at the Cutler Majestic

Go for the 'genre defying' musical experience.

"Parable of the Sower" will run from April 21 through 24 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Reed Hutchinson

The 1993 award winning science fiction novel, “Parable of the Sower,” by Octavia E. Butler, is the inspiration for the opera presented by ArtsEmerson resident artist Toshi Reagon. The production, a collaboration from the mother-daughter creative team Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon and directed by Eric Ting, transcends the traditional through a lens of Afrofuturism and delivers a musical experience revered as “genre defying.” “Parable of the Sower” tells the story of Lauren Olamina and her journey as a young woman through an alternate reality facing the dire consequences of climate change. Group tickets are available for the show which is a perfect opportunity to engage youth, social clubs, community centers, and more.

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While the opera will only run shows from April 21 through 24, the production is a part of a larger initiative for artistic engagement and community organizing through Parable Path Boston, Reagon’s year-long artist residency at Emerson College. This program is rooted in the foundational principles of Butler’s literary work and will include community-led activities tackling climate justice in Boston.

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