The Black Arts Think Tank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presents Black Nativity, a musical by renown poet Langston Hughes, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, December 10-12, 2015. 

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 8.15.29 AMTickets are available in person at the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water St, Milwaukee or by phone at 414-273-7206.

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call 414-273-7121 ext. 210.

Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Originally written by Langston Hughes, the show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11, 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged there. The show had a successful tour of Europe in 1962, one of its appearances being at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in ItalyBlack Nativity is a holiday favorite around the country. It has been performed annually in BostonMassachusetts, since 1969 and since 1998 in Seattle, Washington.

Milwaukee’s production is co-presented by the Marcus Center and the Black Arts Think Tank (a coalition of the Ko-Thi Dance Company, African American Children’s Theater, and Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company).

For a taste of the upcoming production, watch rehearsals and meet the actors below: