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Black Nativity 2016

November 30th - December 18th, 2016

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ATLANTA'S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS STORYIT'S A SOULFUL CELEBRATION OF THE GREATEST GIFT ON EARTH

Black Nativity is a soul-stirring rendition of the Christmas Story that fills the theatre with thrilling voices, exciting dance and glorious gospel music. It is a powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an African-American perspective. The original Black Nativity was written in 1961 by poet Langston Hughes. The African-American viewpoint and gospel music make Black Nativity a unique performance piece. Often adapted, this one act version of the production will take the audience from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, powerful spirituals and anthems, and toe-tapping gospel numbers. The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. The importance of the play is that, though an expression of Christian belief via the African-American perspective, the show appeals to all walks of life. Black Nativity is a well known holiday staple in many metropolitan areas including: New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

CREATIVE TEAM and STAFF

ROBERT J. CONNOR

Producing Director

connor-shotRobert John Connor, winner of 15 Shuler Hensley Awards, has worked in the arts and entertainment industry for over 30 years. A graduate of Morehouse College, Robert studied music, radio, film and television. At Morehouse, he studied acting under the renowned actor/director Lamar Alford and Joan Lewis. He studied voice with Dr. Uzee Brown and film and media with Dr. Herbert Eichleberger. Robert went on to pursue acting and music, and has appeared in a variety of stage productions including: Crowns, Urinetown, Queen of the Blues, Higher Ground, Come out of

DAWN AXAM

Choreographer

axam-shotDawn Axam has been choreographing for over 30 years. Dawn received a BFA in Dance and theatre Tisch School ofthe Arts at New York University and a MA from Lesley University in Arts and Education. While an undergraduate student, she pursued extensive study in the areas Ballet, Horton, Graham, Jazz, African Improvisation, theatre and voice under Larry Rhodes, Valmay Stretton, Dhad Nahrin, Patdro Harris, Nadia Creamer, Danny Burchesky, Lynn Simonson, Lom McDoogle, Kay Cummings, Linda Tamey, Ajile , and B.G. Densmore, Oginga Love and Milton Myers. Dawn was assistant director and

KEITH WILSON

Musical Director

keith-revisedKeith C. Wilson has spent nearly 20 years as a music director, instructor, pianist, and vocalist, creating wonderful music around the world. He has been continuously noted for his strong conviction to bringing a high quality of contemporary and standard music to his audiences. He received his formal training at Georgia State University in voice performance. His background in classical, theater, gospel, and spirituals has set him in the forefront of the music community. He was chosen to coordinate and conduct a 5000-voice choir for the Paralympics Games opening ceremonies. On

lark hackshaw

Stage Manager

larkAlthough lark has been Stage Managing at the Alliance Theatre for more than 20 years, she has worked for many regional theatres across the United States (Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Co., Maltz Jupiter, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, MUNY, N. Carolina Black Rep) and has taken out several major tours. Her favorite shows include Broadway’s Stick Fly. Some favorite local shows include: The Geller Girls, Bring It On: The Musical, Zorro, The Nacirema Society, Broke, Dreamgirls, Sheddin, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,Topdog/Underdog, Good People and Wit. She is a Line

WHY DOES ATLANTA LOVE BLACK NATIVITY?


DON'T DELAY - GET YOUR BLACK NATIVITY TICKETS TODAY!IT'S GOING TO BE A POWER-PACKED, THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

VIP TICKETS

$50/ month
FRONT CENTER ORCHESTRA
WILL CALL, PRINT-AT-HOME, OR MOBILE DELIVERY

ADULT TICKETS

$40/ month
ALL SEATS RESERVED
WILL CALL, PRINT-AT-HOME, OR MOBILE DELIVERY

GROUP TICKETS

$32/ month
GROUPS OF 10+ adults
WILL CALL, PRINT-AT-HOME, OR MOBILE DELIVERY

STUD/SEN TICKETS

$25/ month
Age 13-17 W/ ID, SENIORS 65+
WILL CALL, PRINT-AT-HOME, OR MOBILE DELIVERY
Children 12 and under $15. Ticket prices are subject to change based on demand. Tickets are not refundable; exchanges are based on seat availabilityand are handled directly by BrownPaperTickets.com.

Show dates run Wed, 11/30 through Sun, 12/18  as follows:

Wed, Nov 30 8PM
Thu, Dec 1 8PM
Fri, Dec 2 8PM
Sat, Dec 3 2PM & 8PM
Sun, Dec 4 4PM
Wed, Dec 7 11AM & 8PM
Thu, Dec 8 8PM
Fri, Dec 9 8PM
Sat, Dec 10 2PM & 8PM
Sun, Dec 11 4PM
Wed, Dec 14 11AM & 8PM
Thu, Dec 15 8PM
Fri, Dec 16 8PM
Sat, Dec 17 2PM & 8PM
Sun, Dec 18 4PM
** Additional Information **
The show is approximately 1HR and 30Min, no intermission. Group tickets apply to adult tickets only. You must purchase a minimum of 10 adult tickets to be eligible for the group rate. Senior pricing is available for ages 65 and older. Per Southwest Arts Center policy, patrons who arrive after the show starts may forfeit their original seats, and will be seated in the rear of the theatre to avoid disruption of other guests. Late entry into the theatre is at the discretion of the Southwest Arts Center House Manager.

VENUEJOIN US AT THE BEAUTIFUL, SPACIOUS SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER

Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater and Gallery 915 New Hope Road , Atlanta, GA 30331 404-612-3220

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