I am not a huge fan of science fiction, but I love gospel and folk music, so I was drawn to this unique musical performance. Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Sower is woven together with music and lyrics composed by Toshi Reagon in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. The result is a stunningly beautiful folk/gospel operetta.
Parable of the Sower is set in a future society ravaged by climate change and economic stratification (sound familiar?). With the beginning of the pandemic and the last presidency it seems like we’re living in a dystopian science fiction world day to day. I think Parable of the Sower comes even closer to all of our lived experiences than ever before.
The performers’ voices sang with such sweetness and pain, that you couldn’t help but feel their fictional reality while facing the music of our own reality as well. The music is exceptional.
Parable of the Sower has only two remaining performances at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre on 219 Tremont Street: Saturday, April 23 & 2022 Sunday, April 24. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 at ArtsEmerson, or by calling 617-824-8400 .
The ArtsEmerson central ticketing office at the Paramount Center (559 Washington Street, Boston) is open for walk-up service Thu-Sat from Noon – 6:00 PM ET. Thanks to generous support from Rockland Trust, a limited number of $10 Mobile Rush tickets will be available at 10:00 AM ET each performance day on a first-come, first-served basis, exclusively through the TodayTix mobile app.