Black Nativity

A powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an
African-American perspective.

Written and Directed By

Greg Williams Jr.


Langston Hughes


Pastor: Keyarron Harold
Mary: Mackenzie Thomas
Joseph: Jermon Dunn
Sister Tate: Angela Smith
King I: Hope Landor
King II: Kanestra Mitchell
King III: Maniquewa Holmes
Shepherd: Tyelor Sykes
Shepherd: Dion Sideboard
Shepherd:Justin Thompson
Drummer Boy: Devin Lloyd
Angel: Braedon Mbala
Angel: Christian Jones
Angel: Kennedi Davenport
Angel: LaNea Wilkinson
Angel: LaTosha Knighten

Featured Singers

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

Featured Dancers

Brandon Ray

Caleb Landry

Ceria Brown

Charde Nelson

Devin Lloyd

Jasmine Elliott

Jermon Dunn

Kaylee Gomez

Krystal Gomez

Mackenzie Thomas

Nataklemia Green

Zaria Brown

Creative Team

Director - Greg Williams, Jr.

Stage Manager - R’Myni Watson

Musical Director - Marcus Haney

Choreographer - Dwight Bell

Dance Captain - Krystal Gomez

Costume Designers - Tia Morgan

Set Designer - Austin Aschbrenner

Projection Designer - Christopher Daniel and Dwight Bell

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

Background Singer - Shandrika Junise

Background Singer - Cory Stewart

Background Singer - Nicholas Thomas


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.

Venue Information

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

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Run Time

90 minutes with no intermission

Age Recommendation

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


Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.m.

Ticket Information

Regular Admission


Kids and Students With Valid ID


Groups of 10 or More | $20 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.

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