Octavia of Earth: a new documusical

Saturday, September 28
2:00 - 5:00 pm
African-American Museum & Library of Oakland
659 14th Street, Oakland

Explore the life of California’s legendary science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler, with a screening of Octavia of Earth, a “documusical.” Anand Kalra served as the artistic director for the film produced by the Oakland based Uncaged Librarian Productions. Actors appearing in the production will conduct a Q&A session about the founding mother of Afrofuturism.

Octavia of Earth is a biographical musical about science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Primarily live theater, the show incorporates documentary film components in place of spoken dialogue. Tenderfunny, and magical, Octavia of Earth presents the human side of the mysterious founding mother of Afrofuturism. Octavia of Earth focuses on Butler’s early years as a child and adolescent in Southern California, as a young adult struggling to find a path forward for her creative aspirations, and as an established author of critical renown but limited commercial success. The production features original music by Itoro Udofia, T. Carlis Roberts, and Anand J.K. Kalra, with dance from award-winning choreographer Joslynn Mathis Reed and performances from longtime Bay Area artists Jazmine Applin and Vera Hannush.

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