Jackson State University’s Theatre Department will present performances of Black Nativity Dec. 5-8.
A play in two parts, Black Nativity features the traditional “nativity” scene from an African American perspective, as well as a powerful retrospective of the last 100 years of gospel music.
“It’s a fantastic night of theater, song and dance. Black Nativity encompasses thrilling musical performances and the beautiful poetry of Langston Hughes, one of our foremost American artists and an impassioned voice for social justice,” said Dr. Mark G. Henderson, chair of the Department of Speech Communication/Theatre and the play’s director.
The production features an on-stage band, electrifying modern dancers and the vocal talents of some of central Mississippi’s most awe-inspiring gospel singers, including the Mississippi Mass Choir’s soloist Alisa Patrick-McDonald, Stephen Johnson, Jackie King and recording artist Rhonda Chambers-Davis.
“Black Nativity is a hand-clapping, roof-raising musical celebration and holiday. It is an uplifting experience the entire family can enjoy. Like large family gatherings, this count-your-blessings evening plays out with contagious spontaneity and joyous imperfection,” said Henderson. “For a short time, everyone suspends daily stress to become part of a warm-hearted tradition, recalling a time when holidays meant neighbors and community.”
Performances on Dec. 5-7 begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. A Friday matinee is also scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 6. The Dec. 8 peformance is 3 p.m.
The general admission is $10. The cost is $5 for students with JSU identification and for senior adults. For ticket information, contact www.jsums.edu/speechandtheatre or call the JSU Box Office at 601-979-5956.