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By Toshi Reagon
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About

This opera, which I composed in collaboration with my mother, Dr Bernice Johnson Reagon lives in an unprecedented intersection of science fiction, opera, African-American art & spirituality, feminism, and climate activism. 

It features a cast of 15 amazing singers of singular talent and diversity, and a 5 member orchestra which includes my band BigLovely, and a striking set design and visual installation, and a dream team of designers and creatives.

We are asking that you join us, and support us as we finish the creation of this ambitious project and bringing it to communities around the country and the world. It’s urgent, we have to do this now.

WHAT YOU GET BACK WHEN YOU GIVE

We need to raise $30,000 to make the piece happen. We are producing this ourselves – there is no well-funded and super-staffed institution paying for this last leg of the process. Your support is critical. The moment is NOW, and we need your help to get to the finish line.

Your support will go towards:

  • Paying our artists, designers, crew for their time and talent.
  • Creating the set and costumes to make the work come alive 
  • Rehearsal studio time and sound equipment. 
  •  Recording studio time and costs 
  •  Preparing the work to tour 
  •  Marketing materials 
  •  Kickstarter platform fees If we surpass the $30,000 (amazing! thank you!), we will be able to spend prepare for the work after the debut to tour in the 18/19 season.

Our $50,000 stretch goal would go towards:

  • Fees for additional rehearsals 
  • More PR 
  • Increasing touring capability, including purchasing cardiod lav mikes to go with us on the road. 
  • Creating a touring fund to visit communities who want to host us but need financial support. 
  • We have amazing perks, including digital downloads of songs and mixes, T-shirts, postcards from the road, show tickets, exclusive backstage access and more!

Check out the Perks including: 

  • PARABLE T-SHIRT! 
  • POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD! 
  • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF EPs!
  • PRIVATE CONCERT! 
  • TICKETS! 
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IMPACT 

My mom Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon introduced me to Octavia’s work. Toni Morrison put us in the amazing position of teaching it at Princeton. During that class, we arc’ed the story with our music -- from spirituals, rock, folk, funk -- and realized that we could sing the book.

For my mother and me, the essential thing in our pieces is the singing. To us, when you are taken from your land and stripped of rights, your name, your people, your religion, and assaulted relentlessly–your home is the sound your body can make.

Theater and music are great ways to communicate difficult things and to inspire people to actually look at them and to face them. 

To make change we must imagine change, and ground-breaking art is one of our most promising tools for reconfiguring the public imagination. 

Everywhere we have gone we have had an incredible response. We know that people are hungry for the work and the conversation. Read more about our journey in Chapel Hill,  Abu Dhabi and Williams College and here

THE TEAM  

We have an amazing team of collaborators and artists including Eric Ting (Director), Meiyin Wang (Producer), Millicent Johnnie (Choreographer), Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Abigail Deville (Installation), Chris Kuhl (Lights), John Kemp (Audio Systems), Dede Ayite (Costumes). Many of the performers involved have been with the project since its inception. This version will include Helga Davis, Carl Hancock Rux,  Morley, Shayna Small, Jason C. Walker, Curtiss Cook Jr., Karma Mayet Johnson, Tariq Al-Sabir, Maria Christina Oliveras, Jeanna Phillips, Josette Newsam-Marchak, Tomas Cruz, Carla Duren, Tsilala Brock and others. And of course my amazing band BIGLovely,  Adam Widoff, Fred Cash, Bobbie Burke, Juliette Jones. 

Risks & Challenges 

As in life, there are any number of unforseen obstacles, but we are a team of determined and resourceful individuals who will work to overcome them. We have been making shows for a long time now, and we are confident that we will be able to make this project happen. 

Other Ways You Can Help 

Even if you cannot contribute financially please share -  loudly, far and wide -  about the campaign and the project.By sharing this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and all other social media platforms, you will be helping this campaign immensely. 

We thank you for anything you can do, including your well wishes to support this opera.

Take care of each other!

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have already shown the piece in Abu Dhabi and North Carolina, and working to book other venues who have already expressed their interest. It is a large company to go on tour, and we want to make sure that we are creating a piece that will be able to travel to communities who might not otherwise be able to afford to host us. We want to also create a touring fund so that we might be able to support those visits if needed.

As in life, there are any number of unforseen obstacles, but we are a team of determined and resourceful individuals who will work to overcome them. We have been making shows for a long time now, and we are confident that we will be able to make this project happen. 

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    Be a sponsor of the entire show. We will mention your name on all programs and our website. Your support will go directly to paying for artists' fees, materials and equipment. Not only will we give you the rewards entitled to other levels, we will send you special updates of the show every quarter. (does not include Big Lovely Concert)

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