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Durham’s Black Nativity Celebrates 10 Years!

Durham, NC – Triangle Performance Ensemble Presents: Durham’s Black Nativity is celebrating ten years! The powerful dramatic production will run December 16th through December 18th at Hillside High School.

“Durham’s Black Nativity is dear to my heart. It’s an awesome opportunity to work with some of the most talented artists in the area. It’s been ten years and every year it gets better and better!” says Wendell Tabb, Producer and Director.

2016-nativity-flyertpe-1The Triangle Performance Ensemble presents Durham’s Black Nativity is a stirring, soulful celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ based upon poet Langston Hughes’ version of the Christmas Story. Under the direction of Wendell Tabb and musical direction of Xavier Cason, audiences are transported to the momentous birth of Christ.

Comprised of both original music and contemporary gospel favorites, the story moves forward to an uplifting, undeniably  spiritual celebration. Join over 100 singers, dancers and musicians for a production that has kept audiences praising and worshiping for the past ten years!

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 birth of Jesus was one of the most dramatic aspects of the show.

The original name for this play was Wasn’t It a Mighty Day? Alvin Ailey was a part of the original Off-Broadway cast, but he and Carmen de Lavallade departed from the show prior to its opening, in a dispute over the title being changed to Black Nativity.

Durham’s Black Nativity is a wonderfully traditional opportunity for families, church groups and other organizations to focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Special pricing is available for groups. The show will run December 16th at 8pm; December 17th at 3 pm and 8 pm; and the finale December 18th at 3 pm at the legendary Hillside High School Theatre.

Tickets are available at


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