Forest Park, Ohio -- Black poet and playwright Langston Hughes empowered any theater company producing Black Nativity to make his show its own. For 15 years, that’s exactly what Cincinnati Black Theatre Company has done.
Founding director Don Sherman launched the company in 1998 on a platform of diverse theatrical works—from comedies to musicals—but "Black Nativity" is the constant.
Directors combine new choreography and musical arrangements with Hughes’ text to create a new show every holiday season.
In this video, from a rehearsal at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center, in Forest Park, directors talk about placing their signature on "Black Nativity" and about the niche filled by Cincinnati Black Theatre Company.
IF YOU GO
What: "Black Nativity"
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14
Cost: $25 for adults; $18 for seniors and students. Buy tickets here.
Info: (513) 241-6060