New Venture Theatre presents annual holiday performances of ‘Black Nativity’

New Venture Theatre is preparing to open their annual holiday show, Black Nativity at LSU’s Shaver Theatre.

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.

All performances will be held at LSU’s Shaver Theatre starting Friday, December 13 and continuing through Sunday, December 15.

For showtimes and tickets, click here.

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