2011-12 Season 9
Black Nativity 2011
by Langston Hughes
Directed by Stephawn Stephens
Music Directed by Michael Terry
Dec 3, 2011 - Jan 2, 2012
Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot style story telling from an ensemble cast.
LaSharon “Buttercup” Johnson
Elton L. Pittman Jr.
Keira L. Turner
Jacqueline O’Day Ellison
Robert E. Person
Director Stephawn Stephens
Musical Director Michael Terry
Choreographer Tony Thomas
Scenic Designer Klyph Stanford
Lighting Designer Dan Covey
Costume Designer Levonne Lindsay
Properties Designer Adele Robey
What They Say
“If director Stephawn Stephens’ goal was to make me feel like I was in a church back home in Georgia while watching his version of Black Nativity, he accomplished it and so much more.”
“Written towards the end of his career, legendary poet and social activist Langston Hughes has woven a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-American perspective with gospel music, griot-style storytelling, and dance.”
“In “Praying Spirit,” bright suits of scarlet, teal, and royal purple paint an arresting backdrop for the number’s rich three part harmonies. In the emotional finale, “Jesus Christ is the Way,” standout performer Rafealito Ross showcases his sparkling tenor.”
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