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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.


Friday, 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.


LSU Shaver Theatre
School of Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


90 minutes, no intermission


Regular 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

Braedon Mbala
Christian Jones
Kennedi Davenport
LaNea Wilkinson
LaTosha Knighten

Angela Smith
Braedon Mbala
Christian Jones
Condoleezza Semien
De’Anna Williams
Dion Sideboard
Hope Landor
Jermon Dunn
Justin Thompson
Kanestra Mitchell
Kennedi Davenport
LaTosha Knighten
LaNea Wilkinson
Maniquwa Holmes
Martique Redditt
Rasheedah Carter
Tyelor Sykes

Brandon Ray
Caleb Landry
Ceria Brown
Charde Nelson
Devin Lloyd
Jasmine Elliott
Jermon Dunn
Kaylee Gomez
Krystal Gomez
Mackenzie Thomas
Nataklemia Green
Zaria Brown


Director - 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


Musical Director/Piano - Marcus Haney
Bass Guitar  - Benjamin Groover Jr.
Lead Guitar - Judah Wilson *
Drums - Charles Baker


Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.
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P.O. Box 45792
Baton Rouge, LA 70895-4792
United States

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