15289327_10154717447048077_5992974578549900742_oThe Langston Hughes’ gospel song play, Black Nativity is back in southern WV for a second year. You will have an opportunity to experience this spectacular musical celebration December 16 and 17 at 7 PM and December 18 at 6 PM at WVU Tech Beckley. This is another wonderful theater experience that would make a terrific gift for the theater or music lover in your life.

When the name Langston Hughes is mentioned, one immediately thinks of the brilliant American poet, social activist and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Least mentioned have been his body of work in the field of playwriting. “Black Nativity” is a retelling of the classic nativity story with an all black cast. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style with a few songs created specifically for the show. It was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged at the Lincoln Theater. The show had a successful tour of Europe in 1962 and has been performed annually by theater companies and churches across the country. It is rightfully described as a hand-clapping, foot stomping, unapologetically joyous celebration of the gospel!

giftguide-graphic-smallThis is a family show for all ages produced by the Simply Jazz and Blues Festival! The Simply Jazz and Blues Festival preserves and presents America’s “roots” music, the blues as well as jazz and gospel while honoring our African American musical heritage!

Black Nativity is directed by Doris A. Fields (Lady D) with Musical Direction by Charlotte Harbison and Crystal Tucker Carey. For more information, call 304.590.1042 or email info@simplyjazzandblues.com.

Tickets are $8 Advance for all ages/$10 at the door for adults and children over 12 years old.