California Shakespeare Theater in partnership with Youth Speaks Life is Living Festival present
Sowers & Seeds
June 22 and 25, 5:30 pm PST
Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s seminal novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, Sowers & Seeds is a two-evening event of music, readings, and reflections asking how we collectively build more resilient communities, how we connect with the flow and functionality of life, and how we travel in the direction of healthy growth together.
Join us June 22—Octavia E. Butler’s birthday—for a digital performance featuring Toshi Reagon and many other artists and activists.
On June 25 we will launch a new Direct Address series on what makes a resilient community.
Both events are free and online!
Direct Address: Sowers + Seeds – What makes a resilient community?
June 25, 5:30 pm PST
featuring Claudia Alick of Calling Up Justice, Jocelyn Jackson and Sita Bhaumik from the People’s Kitchen Collective, and Toshi Reagon.
An encore presentation of the digital performance of Tuesday’s production of Sowers + Seeds will begin at 6:30.
Both events are free and online! A YouTube link will be emailed out 24 hours before the event.
About Parable of the Sower
“When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.
Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny.” (Grand Central Publishing)
About Toshi Reagon
Toshi Reagon has been described as “a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock” by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody). “She masters each of these genres with vocal strategies that easily spiral and swoop from the expressively sinuous to the hard-charging, a combination of warmth and mischief.”
While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi finds home on any musical stage. Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Yaa Asantewaa writes, “Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you’ve been lucky enough to be in Toshi’s presence, you know you can’t walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less.”
Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award.