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The O'Shaughnessy Presents

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower–The Concert Version

A Women of Substance Event

Friday, Apr 26 | 7:30 pm


In this genre-defying work featuring a powerhouse ensemble of 20 singers and musicians, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower harnesses two centuries of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name.

Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.


Created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Directed by Eric Ting
Based on the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
Co-Commissioned by The Arts Center, Abu Dhabi.

St. Kate’s Students, Faculty & Staff
can purchase tickets for just $5!

ID Required.


PLEASE NOTE: For this production, we have instituted a unique way of pricing the tickets. As we usually do, we have three main price tiers–$57, $42, and $27 per ticket– and we are asking you to decide for yourself how much you can afford to pay for your ticket(s). Please choose that Price Level below, and the system will assign the best seats available at that price.

The only difference between this system and most others, is that your seating location is not determined by the price you choose to pay. There are tickets at all price levels scattered throughout the theater, so the relative “quality” of the seat will be determined more by how early you purchase your ticket than by what you choose to pay.

A production of this scale will always cost more than ticket sales alone can cover, so we ask you to consider purchasing your tickets at the highest price you feel comfortable paying.

If you have particular seating needs, please call the Ticket Office at 651-690-6700, 12-5pm, M-Sat.


Toshi Reagon will also be this year’s Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar Lecturer on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8. The event begins at 7pm. Free tickets required.

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