Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon (United States)
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon (United States)
Directed by Eric Ting (United States)
A genre-defying work that harnesses two centuries of Black American music to tell a post-apocalyptic story of survival through song.
Parable of the Sower fuses science fiction, African-American spiritualism, deep insights into gender and race, and climate activism to construct a mesmerising meditation on the future of human civilisation.
Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the musical adaptation of Parable of the Sower follows Octavia E. Butlers novel in chronicling the spiritual awakening of young Lauren Olamina, amidst a dystopian America wracked by the violence brought on by climate change, unrelenting greed, and systemic injustice.
A multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer and music director with a profound ear for sonic Americana, Toshi Reagon is one of the most accomplished musicians of our times. American music and entertainment magazine Vibe described her as one helluva rocknroller-coaster ride while cultural magazine PopMatters called her a treasure waiting to be found. Octavia E. Butlers Parable of the Sower is Toshis latest collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, an iconic singer, scholar and activist who has been a profound contributor to African American and American culture for over half a century.
This captivating theatrical work of rare power and beauty is staging in Asia Pacific for the first time, fresh from a triumphant world premiere in Abu Dhabi and a stunning US debut in November 2017. It is directed by Obie award-winning director Eric Ting, artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theatre. Singapore audiences would be thrilled to know of a local connection: the show is produced by Singapore-born, US-based director and producer Wang Meiyin, an alumnus of Singapore Repertory Theater.
(Photos by Waleed Shah, Kevin Yatarola and Paul Marotta)