Oct. 28 - June 30, 2021

Full length, not serial

“I had started something that I wasn’t going to let the organization stop. Partly because my kids deserved a chance. And partly because they were going to settle a lot of scores for me and a few million other people … someday.”

A perfect slice of Octavia E. Butler’s incredible storytelling, written in 1970 at the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, this science-fiction gem serves us the familiar, extraordinary, diabolical, and triumphant. It’s a story that makes one hunger for more of Ms. Butler’s work, her words, and a future, as yet, unwritten.

Why We Chose This Story: A classic from a master of her genre, Childfinder is an origin story unto itself and a precursor to so much of Butler’s writing. We believe it is the perfect introduction to the thrilling digital season ahead!


“Like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter you’ve somehow never noticed.” —The Los Angeles Review of Books

“One of the finest voices in fiction—period. . . . Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty[,] and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature.” —The Washington Post Book World


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The play is performed through arrangement with the estate of Octavia E. Butler. All rights reserved.