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Black Nativity



The holiday classic, Black Nativity, is presented in partnership with Cleveland Play House and with support from Playhouse Square.

About Black Nativity

Cleveland, OH – November 13, 2023 – Karamu House, a beacon of Black culture and performing arts, proudly announces the upcoming production of Langston Hughes’ renowned holiday classic, Black Nativity. This timeless and powerful play will captivate audiences and spread the magic of the holiday season in a celebration of faith, family, and community. For the second year, Black Nativity will be presented in partnership with Cleveland Play House and Playhouse Square from December 1 – 16, 2023 in the Allen Theatre located in the heart of Playhouse Square. Tickets for this soul-stirring production are available exclusively at clevelandplayhouse.com.


Directed by Tony F. Sias and Errin Weaver with musical direction by Dr. David M. Thomas, Black Nativity is a profoundly moving gospel retelling of the Christmas story, incorporating African traditions, spirituals, gospel music, and dance. This dynamic and electrifying production brings to life the nativity story in a fresh and vibrant way, with new sets, costumes, and choreography. This holiday tradition will enchant both young and old with its soul-stirring music and uplifting message. This musical is a Karamu legacy production, originally commissioned by the Jelliffe’s, Karamu’s founders.


“Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity is a treasure that beautifully marries the essence of Christmas with Black cultural heritage,” says Tony F. Sias, President and CEO of Karamu and the CoDirector of the production. “It’s an honor for Karamu House to present this beloved classic to our audience, bringing forth the true spirit of togetherness, love, and joy.”


The show will feature a talented cast of performers, each embracing their roles with enthusiasm and grace, ensuring a compelling and unforgettable experience for the audience. The musical arrangements, choreography, and set design promise to be visually stunning and emotionally stirring, amplifying the heartwarming narrative.


In alignment with Karamu House’s commitment to inclusivity and community engagement, Black Nativity invites everyone to share in the magic of this timeless tale, promoting unity and understanding among diverse audiences.


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