Black Nativity 2016

By Langston Hughes

Black Nativity is a heartwarming and moving gospel song play by Langston Hughes. The power of gospel music, telling the story of this beloved, family friendly classic that began with the first star in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago.

Black Nativity 2016 will link this story of hope to relevant themes occurring throughout our community and the country today. Directed by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble’s Producing Artistic Director, Malkia Stampley. Music direction by Antoine Reynolds, choreography by Marvette Knight.

Black Nativity is Co-Produced by Black Arts MKE and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Group Sales

All Tickets $33 for Groups of 10 or More

To book your group, reach out to our Group Sales Team by phone or contact form.
John Barnes: 414.273.7121 ext. 210
Keri Hough: 414.273.7121 ext. 213

Black Nativity Calendar
Cast & Creative


Tabitha Andrews
Cythia Cobb
Krystal Drake
Tosha Freeman
LaChrisa Grandberry
Camille Hunt
Nafia Johnson
Zaria Johnson
Lailah Lyons
Tasha McCoy
Marcus McFarlin
Zephaniah Singh Ponder
Zoe Powell
Syd Robinson
Camara Stampley
Braylen Stevens
Michaela Usher


Directed by
Malkia Stampley
Music Direction
Antoine Reynolds
Marvette Knight
Costume Design
Beverly Echols
Lighting Design
Jason Fassl
Scenic Design
Madelyn Yee
Stage Manager
Anthony Poston
Assistant Stage Manager
Jane Heer
Brielle Richmond


"'Black Nativity' creates a joyful holiday noise at the Marcus Center" - Read the review from OnMilwaukee

"Stirring 'Black Nativity' brings Christ's manger to Sherman Park" - Read the review from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Press Releases

Saturday Talk Backs

Saturday Post-Matinee Talk Back with Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Saturday, December 10th -  "Milwaukee's Young, Gifted and Black Leaders"

Some of Milwaukee's top youth artists respond to Black Nativity's modern twist and the Milwaukee parallel, introduced by Milwaukee's leading youth advocates.

Invited Guests - County Supervisor Supreme Moore, Alderman David Bowen, Muhibb Dyer, Brit Nicole of COA, Kaylan R. Haywood, II, President of Milwaukee's Youth Council.
Community Nights

Dear Nonprofit Friends and Students:

We want the entire community to be able to enjoy Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Two Community Nights have been added to this year's schedule for nonprofit organizations and students.

Community Nights are November 30th and December 7th ONLY, 7:30pm performance. Ticket prices on these two nights ONLY - adults $20 and children/youth under 19 are $5 per person.

Call the Marcus Center Box Office: 414-273-7206, or Groups 10+ may call 414-273-7121 x210 or x213

Tickets are also available online

This show's performances are over.

Tickets On Sale

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Show Dates

Start: Dec. 01, 2016

End: Dec. 11, 2016


Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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