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 short story 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!

THE CAST

Faith Bennett Russell (she/her): Barbara
Ayo Tushinde (she/her): Eve
Maya Flory-Barnes Salas (she/her): Valerie
Brandon JonesMooney (he/him): Jordan
Maya Michelle Russell (she/her): Jessie May
Nicholas Japaul Bernard (he/him): Ensemble
Jon Stutzman (he/him): Ensemble

THE ARTISTIC TEAM

Octavia E. Butler: Author
Shermona Mitchell (she/they): Adapter
Gin Hammond (she/her): Director
Michelle Chesley (she/her): Rehearsal Stage Manager
Kyle Thompson (he/him): Sound Designer
Leanna Keith (she/they): Theme Composer and Performer
Ben Radin (he/him): Technical Director/Sound Engineer
Dan Schuy (he/him): Production Manager
Zenaida Smith (she/her): Assistant Production Manager/Casting Associate


“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.