Toshi Reagon adapted Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower into an opera with the intention of inspiring people to activate change. Born in Atlanta, Reagon weaved music from her cultural roots into her adaptation of Butler’s powerful book. She used folk music to draw attention to herself in the center of the stage, one sole light igniting her position in the center of the people. Therefore, through the music, Reagon depicted the pain, violence, desperation, and hope felt by all of the characters in the Parable of the Sower and people today.