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Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Friday, December 24, 2021

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Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

Karamu alum, Langston Hughes, created what he called, "the Gospel Song-Play," now known as "Black Nativity." A Karamu favorite, this year's production will return to its traditional roots in celebration of the birth of Christ in the town of Bethlehem.

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Katori Hall's The Mountaintop

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

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Keith Hamilton Cobb's American Moor

A play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb with Josh Tyson and directed by Kim Weild examining the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s character Othello. A seasoned African American actor auditioning for the role of William Shakespeare’s iconic black hero must respond to the dictates of a younger white director who presumes to understand how to maximize the black character for believability. What could possibly go wrong? American Moor is a poetic exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America, not necessarily in that order.

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Community Events

Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jeliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in 1915 to offer a place for people of different races, religions, and economic backgrounds to come together through the arts. Today, Karamu House brings together thousands of adults and children every year through community programming and events.

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Karamu House brings together adults and children (of all races and ages) together every year through its arts academy and education programs, including dance, drama and theatre, and vocal performance. The Karamu Arts Academy provides fall and spring semester classes, as well as a summer intensive program. Karamu also partners with local schools and organizations to bring arts education into their programs.

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