Toshi Reagon’s Opera @ Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

November 4th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely

Toshi Reagon

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Parable of the Sower
(Work in Progress)
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Directed by Eric Ting
Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown
Friday (November 4), 8pm
$10; $3 students

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon brings her genre-bending music and irresistible performance style to this new opera, written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon. Parable of the Sower, adapted from Octavia Butler’s post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, follows a young woman fleeing the violence of a futuristic Los Angeles wracked by environmental catastrophe. The work-in-progress blends science fiction with African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

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