Black Nativity is retelling of the Christmas story set to a jubilant score of gospel music, dance and narrative. Originally written by Langston Hughes. Black Nativity is a program of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc. @NCAAABoston
The textured, delicate voices of children and sonorous voices of adults have enthralled Boston audiences at performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity since 1970. This year is no exception as the thunderous African drums herald the 2013 edition of the long running production of Black Nativity.
Black Nativity is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) as a gift from Boston’s black community to all men and women of “good will.” The 2014 Black Nativity has a new location at The Paramount Center - Emerson College, and we have more dates to choose from!
Ticket prices are $45, $36, $32
Dec. 5, 6,12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm
Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14,20, 21 at 3:30 pm
For group rates or other information, call 617-585-6366.
Our four decades of mounting Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity honors the conviction of NCAAA founder Elma Lewis and original Musical Director John Andrew Ross that spiritual and humane values have to be celebrated to build wholesome communities. NCAAA director Edmund Barry Gaither asserts “our cast of more than fifty embraces this perspective and has itself become an expansive family expressing these values.” Although a few cast members have performed every season, about one-quarter of the cast is new each year. The children, some performing publicly for the first time, are especially exciting as they prove again that they are the hope for our future.
The famed Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes was a close family friend to John Andrew Ross whose arrangements continue to anchor our production of Black Nativity under Executive Producer Voncille Ross and Co-Musical Directors Milton Wright and Marilyn Andry. The dramatic choreography of George Howard is interpreted anew by dance master Desiree Springer O’Neal.