'Black Nativity'
The Cast of Black Nativity (2015)

PNC Arts Alive presents

Black Nativity

NOV 12-DEC 13, 2015

by Langston Hughes
Directed by Ozzie Jones
Honorary Executive Producers:
  Linda & David Glickstein
  Doug & Sherry Kargher

Legendary poet Langston Hughes takes us on a powerful journey from ancient Africa to post-Katrina New Orleans in Black Nativity. This exhilarating musical, which first stormed Broadway 50 years ago, is reimagined on our stage through African and contemporary dance, gospel favorites, and storytelling at its finest. Our performers team up with local choirs to serenade you in this American classic for the whole family.

In loving memory, we at Theatre Horizon are dedicating our production of Black Nativity to Diana Millner.

The Cast

In the News

"'Black Nativity' at Theatre Horizon: A vibrant, musical holiday blast"

by Wendy Rosenfield | Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/21/15
It has been a while since I've seen Black Nativity, perhaps not since the last time Ozzie Jones directed it for Freedom Theater. Theatre Horizon's version of this Afrocentric holiday tradition is a joyful, noisy alternative to all those grim Dickensians and cynical elves...
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"Review: A joyful, hopeful 'Black Nativity'"

by Howard Shapiro | NewsWorks | 11/23/15
The Christmas show 'Black Nativity' was written by the late poet Langston Hughes, who wanted his African American culture to be clearly represented in the nativity story. His show offers the nativity as an African experience and also makes the case that the Christmas story transcends time and place...
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Production Team

Ozzie Jones

Wil Brock
Music Director

Jenn Rose

Brian Dudkiewicz
Set Designer

Alyssandra Docherty
Lighting Designer

Janus Stefanowicz
Costume Designer

Nick Kourtides
Sound Designer

Toby Pettit
Assistant Sound Designer

Jeanette Leh
Prop Master

Theodore Harris
Visual Artist

Amy Radebaugh
Production Stage Manager

Dawn Loveland
Assistant Stage Manager

Mila Romero dos Santos
PA/Wardrobe Head

Steve Hungerford
Technical Director

Tim Odom

Emalyn Witter
Master Electrician

Amy Scheidegger
Scenic Painter

Steven P. Nemphos
Projections Technician

Opening Night

We are proud to recognize our 2015/16 Opening Night Sponsors. Patrons who attend Opening Night are invited to a complimentary post-show reception featuring food and drinks from the following partners: Gretz Beer, Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, Seasons 52 King of Prussia, Bahama Breeze King of Prussia, August Moon.

Opening Night Sponsors



Jenn Rose

Music Direction

Will Brock

Ensemble in a Musical

Black Nativity


Overall Production of a Musical

Black Nativity

Direction of a Musical

Ozzie Jones

Leading Actor in a Musical

Kingsley Ibeneche

Leading Actress in a Musical

Sanchel Brown

'Black Nativity'
Nastassja Baset (Black Nativity, 2015)

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000


Vista $3,000

Vista Sponsors

Scene $1,000

Scene Sponsors