by poet and playwright Langston Hughes
Black Nativity opens December 6 and runs through December 17 at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church! See below for information about the show, seating & tickets, the cast, and more!
This year's production of Black Nativity is dedicated to the life and memory of Darius Nelson.
Robert & Dionne Colbert, Herbert Brooks
The Lasseigne Family
Experience this Gospel retelling of the Nativity through high energy music and extraordinary dance. Acclaimed poet Langston Hughes creates a unique theatrical experience by using dialogue, narration, gospel songs, and folk spirituals to celebrate cultural traditions and the birth of the Christ Child. Originally premiering in 1961, it was one of the first plays Off-Broadway written by an African American and has been presented around the world over the last 60 years. Honor the season with this joyous holiday celebration.
Featuring the songs “Let Everything That Hath Breath (Psalm 150),” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “What Child Is This” and “Joy to the World/Joyful, Joyful,” this gloriously joyful noise serves an unforgettable holiday experience.
“Black Nativity spreads joy.”
― The New York Times
"...an exhilarating must-see, a theatrical and musical high from beginning to end, a pulse-pounding pageantful of talent and praise."
― DC Theater Arts
Running time is approximately 2 hours, with one 20 minute intermission.
"This compelling and intimate experience is set to captivate audiences and evoke the magic of the holiday season through a celebration of faith, family, and community, all imbued with the black experience. Black Nativity is a profoundly moving gospel rendition of the Christmas story, artfully weaving in black traditions, spirituals, gospel music, and dance. This version's production brings to life the nativity story in a fresh and vibrant way, portraying a family's journey as they come together to spend the holidays with their matriarch, who has recently lost her husband - the family's rock and pastor. The story explores themes of grief, healing, and finding stability during the holiday season. This multi-generational tale of reverence and love, accompanied by soul-stirring music and an uplifting message, will undoubtedly captivate audiences of all ages."
Click the link below to meet the cast of this year's Black Nativity!
We need three (3) volunteers per night to cover the positions of box office, greeter, and house manager/usher. As a volunteer, you also get to see that performance for free*!
All volunteers will need to arrive at the performance venue by 6:20pm on the night you select to volunteer (4:50 on Sundays). Click the link to access the Volunteer Sign Up form and reserve your spot!
After you sign up for a time, watch for an email from email@example.com for information on how to reserve your seat for the show and other important info.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you asap!
*After signing up, volunteers will receive an email with a one time use code for a free ticket to the performance they've signed up for. This code can be used for any general admission seat available.
Use the link below to sign up to volunteer for Black Nativity!
General Seating is $25 for adults and $20 for student/senior/military.
We offer a discount for groups of 20 or more, email email@example.com for more information!
Wednesday, December 6
Thursday, December 7
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 10
Wednesday, December 13
Friday, December 15
Saturday, December 16
Sunday, December 17
*please note that there is no performance on Thursday, December 14
For Wed-Sat Performances:
Box Office opens at 6:30pm
House opens at 7:05pm
Show starts at 7:30pm
For Sunday Performances:
Box Office opens at 5:00pm
House opens at 5:35pm
Show starts at 6:00pm
All patrons 12 months and older must have a ticket.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES FOR UNUSED TICKETS.
There will be NO LATE ENTRY, so please arrive on time.