2014-15 Season 12

Black Nativity 2014

by Langston Hughes
Directed by Eric Ruffin
Music Directed by e’Marcus Harper-Short
Choreographed by Princess Mhoon

Nov 29, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

This holiday classic returns to Theater Alliance with the fresh voice of director Eric Ruffin, as Hughes chronicles and celebrates the Nativity, while also celebrating the miracle of Blackness. Hughes’ retelling of the Nativity Story encourages audiences to find joy and beauty in being Black, which will ultimately lead to peace and hope for the world and will be one’s salvation. This timeless story asks audiences to look inward and find the wonder in life itself.


Natasha Gallop
Marquis D. Gibson
G. Carlos Henderson
Jason Johnson
Ny’a Johnson
Shanté M. Moore
Thomascena Nelson
Roy Patten Jr.
Krislynn Perry
Elton Pittman
Addison Switzer
Jakiya Ayanna

Production Team

Director  Eric Ruffin
Music Director  e’Marcus Harper-Short
Choreographer  Princess Mhoon
Scenic Designer  Brian Gillick
Costume Designer  Collin Ranney
Lighting Designer  Chistopher Annas-Lee
Dramaturgy  Faedra Carpenter
Stage Manager  Eric Swartz

November 29, 2014 – December 7, 2014
Bowie State University

December 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Anacostia Playhouse

2015 Helen Hayes Awards


  • Outstanding Musical
  • Ensemble in a Musical
  • Musical Direction


  • Director in a Musical
  • Choreography in a Musical
  • Costume Design
  • Lead Actress in a Musical – Ny’a Johnson
  • Lead Actress in a Musical – Thomascena Nelson
  • Lead Actress in a Musical – Krislynn Perry
  • Lead Actor in a Musical – G. Carlos Henderson
  • Lead Actor in a Musical – Roy Patten, Jr.

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