The National Center of Afro-American Artists presents the 44th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity
Matinee performances December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st @3:30 pm
Evening performances December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th @ 8:00 pm
At the Paramount Theater
559 Washington Street Boston, MA
Tickets available at Paramount Box Office 617-824-8400
Online at artsemerson.org
Black Nativity Gala Reception and Auction
Hosts: Ambassador Charles Stith and Dr. Deborah Prothrow-‐Stith
December 5th from 5:50-‐7:30 pm
Randall Library, Paramount Center
For reception tickets, call 617.442.8614
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It is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation.
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 textured, delicate voices of children and sonorous voices of adults have enthralled Boston audiences at performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity since l970.
NCAAA Executive 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.
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.
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.
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