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Black Nativity at Bethel AME

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Holiday gospel play by Langston Hughes

11/25/2019, 2:36 p.m.

PassinArt's presentation of Black Nativity is an annual holiday gospel play. Photo from

PassinArt is proud to present for the fifth year, Black Nativity, a special holiday gospel play that retells the famous nativity story with a majority African American cast.

This year’s production opened Friday and continues through Dec. 15 at Bethel AME Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave. For tickets, visit

The play by Langston Hughes and directed locally by Jerry Foster is performed in an uplifting gospel style which includes some traditional Christmas carols. It’s a production that has been enjoyed by audiences from all walks of life regardless of their cultural backgrounds. The show was originally first performed off-Broadway in 1961.

PassinArt: A Theatre Company is an African American producing theatre company whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire artists and audiences while addressing critical issues facing our community; and to celebrate our history and culture.

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