BLACK NATIVITY

Written 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 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.

PREFORMANCES
Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18 at 3:00pm
VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

TICKETS
Regular Admission $32
Students with Valid It $27
Early Bird Pre-Sale Discount Until December 1 | $27
Groups of 10 or More | $22 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
RUN TIME
Run Time: 2 Hours
FEATURING
Mary: CHRISTIAN SIMON
Joseph: BRANDON JONSON
Angel #1/Storyteller: MICHELLE DUNBAR
Angel #2/Storyteller: LATAVIA WILLAIMS-BROWN
Angel #3/Storyteller: HOPE LANDOR

Storytellers:
A’SJAH EDWARDS
ALISHA J. VALDRY
ANGELA SMITH
BRANDON JOHNSON
CHRISTIAN JONES
CHRISTIAN SIMON
CINDY BLACHE
DIAMOND KETCHENS
DWIGHT BELL
HENRY HARRIS
JASMINE OLIVER
JUSTIN THOMPSON
QUELINE KETCHENS
RAYMOND TURNER
ROSALIND REYNARD

Musical Direction MARCUS HANEY
Scenic Design GREG WILLIAMS, JR.
Choreographer CHRISTIAN SIMON
Scenic Designer AUSTIN ASCHBRENNER
Costume Designer JOE HODGE
Stage Manager KRYSTAL BLATCHER
Lighting Design PIPER PRODUCTIONS
Sound Design PIPER PRODUCTIONS
Production Manager CHRISTOPHER D. DANIEL

G-RATED SHOW
Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.

Stacks Image 8573

Meet Playwright Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes wrote from 1926 to 1967. In that time he wrote more than 60 books, including poems, novels, short stories, plays, children's poetry, musicals, operas, and autobiographies. He was the first African American to support himself as a writer, and he wrote from his own experience.

Langston Hughes, whose full name was James Mercer Langston Hughes, was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He was the only son of James Nathaniel Hughes and Carrie Mercer Langston. His parents divorced when he was young and his father moved to Mexico. Because his mother traveled a lot to find work and was often absent, his grandmother raised Hughes until he was 12. His childhood was lonely and he often occupied himself with books. It was Hughes's grandmother, a great storyteller, who transferred to him her love of literature and the importance of becoming educated.

In 1914 he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her new husband. It was here that he started writing poetry he wrote his first poem in the eighth grade. A year later the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. Despite all the moving around, Hughes was a good student and excelled in his studies. He was also good looking and popular with the other students, during his senior year at Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, he was voted class poet and editor of the yearbook.

After high school, Hughes traveled in Mexico, Europe, and Africa sometimes by working on freighters. By 1924 he had settled in Harlem, New York, and was an important figure during the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was an African-American cultural movement that focused on literature, music, theater, art, and politics. One of his favorite pastimes was to sit in clubs and listen to the blues as he wrote his poetry.

Hughes died on May 22, 1967, in New York, NY. Some of his books for children and young adults include: Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti, The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, The First Book of Negroes, The First Book of Rhythms, Famous Negro Music Makers and Don't You Turn Back.  

In February 2002 the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Langston Hughes. This stamp was the 25th in the Black Heritage series and marked Hughes's 100th birthday.

Be Social
NVT on Instagram


#BlkNativityNVT



Please help us congratulate our cast of "Love, Whitney":
Adaya Robertson, Aleriya Griffin, Ambre Porter, Dion Sideboard, Jr., Elise Patin, Elisha Jenkins, Jamall Edwards, Jamin Brock, Jasmine Elliott, Kali Jones, Karenna Mitchell, Kari Johnson, Kayla Mitchell, Kerrington Griffin, Kodie Danay Brown, Krystal Gomez, Kyle Smith, Mariyah Osborne, MiKesha Anderson, Naveah Robertson, Omarion Jones, Queline Ketchens, Raymond Turner, Rontrevius Foreman, Shira Brown, Tameia Hayes, Trinity Simmons, Trinity Star Alexander & Zaria Brown

Congratulations cast! Thank you to everyone who auditioned! You didn't make this easy!
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #Congratulations

Please help us congratulate our cast of "Love, Whitney": Adaya Robertson, Aleriya Griffin, Ambre Porter, Dion Sideboard, Jr., Elise Patin, Elisha Jenkins, Jamall Edwards, Jamin Brock, Jasmine Elliott, Kali Jones, Karenna Mitchell, Kari Johnson, Kayla Mitchell, Kerrington Griffin, Kodie Danay Brown, Krystal Gomez, Kyle Smith, Mariyah Osborne, MiKesha Anderson, Naveah Robertson, Omarion Jones, Queline Ketchens, Raymond Turner, Rontrevius Foreman, Shira Brown, Tameia Hayes, Trinity Simmons, Trinity Star Alexander & Zaria Brown Congratulations cast! Thank you to everyone who auditioned! You didn't make this easy! #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #Congratulations

We just want to wish everyone auditioning for "Love, Whitney" the very best today!
YOU'VE GOTTHIS!!!πŸ™ŒπŸΎ πŸ•ΊπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #BreakALeg

We just want to wish everyone auditioning for "Love, Whitney" the very best today! YOU'VE GOTTHIS!!!πŸ™ŒπŸΎ πŸ•ΊπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #BreakALeg

Early Bird Tickets are still available!
Don't have yours? Well, whatcha waitin' on? Head over to http://nvtarts.org to get yours now before they are sold out!
 #LoveWhitneyNVT #EarlyBirds #WeLoveNVT

Early Bird Tickets are still available! Don't have yours? Well, whatcha waitin' on? Head over to http://nvtarts.org to get yours now before they are sold out! #LoveWhitneyNVT #EarlyBirds #WeLoveNVT

We just wanted to remind you that auditions for "Love, Whitney" are this Saturday! Schedule your audition & let's get talented self on stage!!! Sign up for your audition here: https://goo.gl/5xmpsd 
We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #BatonRouge #Theatre #Dance #PerformingArts #StudioTheatre
#TheatreLife #LSU #Culture #StagePlay #Entertainment #GoBR #225BatonRouge

We just wanted to remind you that auditions for "Love, Whitney" are this Saturday! Schedule your audition & let's get talented self on stage!!! Sign up for your audition here: https://goo.gl/5xmpsd We'll be looking forward to seeing you there! #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #BatonRouge #Theatre #Dance #PerformingArts #StudioTheatre #TheatreLife #LSU #Culture #StagePlay #Entertainment #GoBR #225BatonRouge

So, we KNOW you wanna dance with somebody...but do you have your tickets to dance with somebody who loves you? Guess what? We LOVE YOU! Get your tickets & come dance with us! 
Get your tickets here:  https://goo.gl/BhEPU7
 #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT  #TicketsOnSaleNow

So, we KNOW you wanna dance with somebody...but do you have your tickets to dance with somebody who loves you? Guess what? We LOVE YOU! Get your tickets & come dance with us! Get your tickets here: https://goo.gl/BhEPU7 #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT #TicketsOnSaleNow

🎢🎡It's alright & it's okay, we've got tickets on sale today! 🎡🎢
So don't wait, head to nvtarts.org & get your Early Bird tickets TODAY!
#EarlyBirds #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

🎢🎡It's alright & it's okay, we've got tickets on sale today! 🎡🎢 So don't wait, head to nvtarts.org & get your Early Bird tickets TODAY! #EarlyBirds #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

We get so emotional baby! Every time we think of this SHOW!
We want you just as excited too! Find out more about "Love Whitney", go to: http://www.nvtarts.org & get you might as well get your tickets while you are there...we know you want be there!πŸ˜‰
#LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

We get so emotional baby! Every time we think of this SHOW! We want you just as excited too! Find out more about "Love Whitney", go to: http://www.nvtarts.org & get you might as well get your tickets while you are there...we know you want be there!πŸ˜‰ #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance! Don't you wanna dance? Well, then sign up for your audition & let's get all that talent on stage!!! Sign up for your audition here:  https://goo.gl/5xmpsd 
We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!
 #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

Don't you wanna dance? Say you wanna dance! Don't you wanna dance? Well, then sign up for your audition & let's get all that talent on stage!!! Sign up for your audition here: https://goo.gl/5xmpsd We'll be looking forward to seeing you there! #LoveWhitneyNVT #WeLoveNVT

We cannot tell you how proud we are of this HUGE cast! πŸ˜†
Seriously though,  Taylor Randall (Christine) &  Obatiye' Dent (Corey) are doing an outstanding job & we couldn't be more proud of them & our crew! Break a leg everyone!
For tickets, go to:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY  #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We cannot tell you how proud we are of this HUGE cast! πŸ˜† Seriously though, Taylor Randall (Christine) & Obatiye' Dent (Corey) are doing an outstanding job & we couldn't be more proud of them & our crew! Break a leg everyone! For tickets, go to: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We cannot express how excited we are to work with Jasmine Abney of  @getjabbedxartistry! Jasmine became part of our NVT Family in our second season when she took part in our first production of "Step Off!" We are so proud of her accomplishments and to see her talent & passion shining through as she transforms our actors from the ages of 20 to 63 throughout "Plenty of Time"!
Thank you for your hard work Jasmine! You make us look good! LITERALLY! πŸ˜ƒ
Don't miss this production! Tickets are on sale at http://nvtart.org
 #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We cannot express how excited we are to work with Jasmine Abney of @getjabbedxartistry! Jasmine became part of our NVT Family in our second season when she took part in our first production of "Step Off!" We are so proud of her accomplishments and to see her talent & passion shining through as she transforms our actors from the ages of 20 to 63 throughout "Plenty of Time"! Thank you for your hard work Jasmine! You make us look good! LITERALLY! πŸ˜ƒ Don't miss this production! Tickets are on sale at http://nvtart.org #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait!
Click this link for tickets:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT
Offer only available ONLINE!
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait! Click this link for tickets: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT Offer only available ONLINE! #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait!
Click this link for tickets:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT
Offer only available ONLINE!
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait! Click this link for tickets: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT Offer only available ONLINE! #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait!
Click this link for tickets:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT
Offer only available ONLINE!
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait! Click this link for tickets: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT Offer only available ONLINE! #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

Yet another passionate moment during rehearsals of "Plenty of Time". You gotta see this show!
Get you tickets here: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun

Yet another passionate moment during rehearsals of "Plenty of Time". You gotta see this show! Get you tickets here: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun

Christine (Taylor Randall) either has a a look of concern, shock or disappointment during rehearsals of "Plenty of Time". The only way to find out which, is to join us at the show!
Get you tickets here: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun

Christine (Taylor Randall) either has a a look of concern, shock or disappointment during rehearsals of "Plenty of Time". The only way to find out which, is to join us at the show! Get you tickets here: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait!
Click this link for tickets:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY
Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT
Offer only available ONLINE!
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We got a special online offer to see “Plenty of Time” for only $20! BUT you ain’t got plenty of time, this is a limited time offer! Do not wait! Click this link for tickets: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY Use Coupon Code: TIMENVT Offer only available ONLINE! #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT

We captured an very intense moment for Corey (Obatiye' Dent)  during rehearsals for "Plenty of Time". Come see why he is so impassioned! Get you tickets here:  https://goo.gl/qP7DJY 
#PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun

We captured an very intense moment for Corey (Obatiye' Dent) during rehearsals for "Plenty of Time". Come see why he is so impassioned! Get you tickets here: https://goo.gl/qP7DJY #PlentyOfTimeNVT #WeLoveNVT πŸ“Έ: @make_life_pun