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Black Nativity 

When: Dec. 17-19 2016
Price: $18-$27

Christian scriptures say God was once an infant, born in the most contingent and humble of circumstances. For centuries, the religion has celebrated that singular birth during the darkest days of the year. Metaphorically as well as literally, they are upon us once again. In 1961, poet Langston Hughes brought the nativity to the stage in a work that fused liturgical dance, music, and theater. Then he released it to the world so that others might add their insights, songs, and choreography. Justice Theater Project has presented Black Nativity annually since 2011; each year, artistic director Deb Royals, music director Carolyn Colquitt, and dance legend Baba Chuck Davis re-examine various facets of this multigenerational, multicultural gem. This season, renowned African percussionist Bradley Simmons joins the African drumming team; Mac McCord introduces life-size puppets; and one section gets a rap-battle makeover inspired by Hamilton. Still unchanged are the pageantry, jubilance, and quiet contemplation of God the unfinished, the lingering mystery of God the child. —Byron Woods

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