“Black Nativity” Returns to Penumbra Theatre’s Stage

Photo by Caroline Yang Photography
Photo by Caroline Yang Photography

Penumbra Theatre is back for another season and unveiling its beloved holiday tradition of Black Nativity. Under the musical direction of Sanford More, Nativity returns to the stage with a dynamic mix of familiar faces and new additions. The production will boast new lead vocals and choreography by Leslie Parker, and will feature the soul-stirring sounds of the Kingdom Life Church Choir. 

Photo by Caroline Yang Photography

Black Nativity, originally written by Langston Hughes, was one of the first plays penned by an African-American playwright to be staged in a 1961 off-Broadway production. The show is a jubilant retelling of the Nativity story with an uplifting and joyful score that features both traditional Christmas carols sung in a gospel style, as well as songs written specifically for the show. 

Photo by Caroline Yang Photography

This is a must-see holiday experience, and audiences will be undoubtedly moved by its exultant score—a production in line with Penumbra’s mission for creating a center of racial healing and a haven for dynamic performing arts: a safe space for learning, inspiration, creativity, and a pathway to more inclusive, compassionate and ethical community in our community.

Please note that Penumbra will be observing COVID-19 safety protocols and requiring all audience members to be masked inside the venue. Proof of vaccine will also be required, and children under 12 and non-vaccinated ticket holders will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test received within 72 hours prior to performance to be attended. 

Photo by Caroline Yang Photography

Black Nativity
December 2 – 24 
Penumbra Theatre
270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, MN 55102
For tickets, call (651) 224-3180 or visit www.penumbratheatre.org

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