By Langston Hughes
Directed by Greg Williams, Jr.
Black Nativity is a soul-stirring rendition of the Christmas Story that fills the theatre with thrilling voices, exciting dance and glorious gospel music. It is a powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an African-American perspective. The original Black Nativity was written in 1961 by poet Langston Hughes. The African-American viewpoint and gospel music make Black Nativity a unique performance piece. Often adapted, this one act version of the production will take the audience from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, powerful spirituals and anthems, and toe-tapping gospel numbers.
The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. The importance of the play is that, though an expression of Christian belief via the African-American perspective, the show appeals to all walks of life.
PERFORMANCESFriday, December 13 at 9:30 a.m. (school performance....not avail online.)
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.m.
VENUE INFORMATIONLSU Shaver Theatre
School of Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
RUN TIME90 minutes, no intermission
TICKETSRegular Admission | $30
Kids and Students With Valid ID| $25
Groups of 10 or More | $20 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
PASTOR: Keyarron Harold
MARY: Mackenzie Thomas
JOSEPH: Jermon Dunn
SISTER TATE: Angela Smith
THREE KINGS: Hope Landor, Kanestra Mitchell, and Maniquewa Holmes
SHEPARDS: Tyelor Sykes, Dion Sideboard, and Justin Thompson
DRUMMER BOY: Devin Lloyd
CREATIVE TEAMDirector - Greg Williams, Jr.
Stage Manager - R’Myni Watson
Musical Director - Marcus Haney
Choreographer - Dwight Bell
Dance Captain - Krystal Gomez
Costume Designers - TBA
Set Designer - Austin Aschbrenner
Projection Designer - Christopher Daniel and Dwight Bell
Lighting Designer - Piper Productions
Sound Designer - Piper Productions
Production Manager - Christopher D. Daniel
Make-Up Designer - Ashleigh Davenport
Props Designer - Melanie Williams
Media and Public Relations - Frederick Price III
Assistant Director - Jarvis Stewart
MUSICIANSMusical Director/Piano - Marcus Haney
Bass Guitar - Benjamin Groover Jr.
Lead Guitar - Judah Wilson *
Drums - Charles Baker
CONTENT ADVISORYAppropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.