Uncaged Librarian Productions
Uncaged Librarian Productions lifts up stories that sustain the hearts and minds of social change workers in the Bay Area. In particular, ULP produces collaborative music, theater, film, and data that highlights the struggles and victories of LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, and people of color in our ongoing fights for dignity, existence, and liberation.
From 2016-2018, we co-wrote and produced Octavia of Earth, a biographical musical inspired by the life of science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Tender, funny, and magical, Octavia of Earth presents the human side of the mysterious founding mother of Afrofuturism. The live show incorporates documentary film components in place of spoken dialogue. 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 Adrian Applin and Vera Hannush.