GREENSBORO, NC – The Barn Dinner Theatre cranks out its 52nd Holiday Season with one of the most requested shows, Black Nativity. This beautiful gospel musical, written by Langston Hughes, is directed by Cassandra Lowe Williams and is onstage everyday from November 26 – December 13, 2016.
Be captivated on this African journey of the birth of the greatest King known to man! Langston Hughes’ heart-felt musical is the most entertaining way to relive the birth of Jesus Christ through the beat of the drum, the feet of high-energy dancers, and the souls of passionate storytellers. Enjoy The Nativity in a new light through great gospel music.
“A show that always gets everyone into the holiday spirit”, says Group Sales Director, Sarah Collins. “Churches and families come out in large numbers to witness this amazing show”.
Writer, James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Black Nativity was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11, 1961, and was one of the first plays, written by an African American, to be staged there.
Black Nativity features Tennille Foust as Mary and Daniel Ferguson as Joseph. Also features Walter Johnson (Shepherd Boy), La’ Tonya Wiley (Angel), Sonya Bennett Brown, Fred Motley, Nicole Bonds, Mia Brewington, Jamina Johnson-Zodi, Marquise Atkinson, Synthia Green, Marktavious Patton, & Kendra Dowd-McCain.
The creative team includes Ric Gutierrez (producer), Cassandra Lowe Williams (director), Brooke Willis (choreographer), Andre Brinson (musical director), Matthew C. Bradshaw (scenic/lighting/sound design), and Gregory J. Horton (costumes).
PRESS / PREVIEW NIGHT:
Friday November 25, 2016 (show only, no dinner) Show at 7:00 p.m.
November 26 thru December 13, 2016
Matinee Performances – Seating begins at 1:00 p.m.
* Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
* Saturday matinees seating at 11:00 a.m.
Evening Performances – Seating begins at 6:00 p.m.
* Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
* Sunday evenings seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
**Theatre is DARK (no show) on 11/28, 12/1, 12/5
The Barn Dinner Theatre, 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro, NC 27409
Regular performance: $48 to $56 – includes dinner and show
Press/Preview Night: Advance $15 (show only, no dinner) and $20 at door
All Reservations, with the exception of “Press/Preview Night”, include:
* All-you-can-eat Southern style buffet
* Fresh garden salad
* Dessert bar
* Performance of Black Nativity
* Gourmet desserts
* Full service beverage bar (we carry all ABC permits)
* Special “The Barn Dinner Theatre” merchandise
About The Barn Dinner Theatre
Conceived in the early 60s, The Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro was the second location of what eventually became 27 in the chain during its heyday. The shows were cast in New York, then the cast would travel from one Barn Dinner Theatre to the next performing each show (as far as Texas & New Mexico)! To accommodate the actors, each theatre had, as we still do here, living quarters upstairs. These included kitchens, showers, and bedrooms. Occasionally cast members still reside on the property during the run of a show. The casts in the early days actually waited on the tables, before rushing to get ready for the show. Our staff & casts today are grateful this is not still the case!
As the decades went by, many of the locations were closed or sold off. Today this location in Greensboro and Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville, TN are the only remaining properties from the original chain. However, the Greensboro location is the only one that still uses the original “magic” stage.
Celebrating over 52 years of “Dinnertainment” in Central NC, The Barn Dinner Theatre is proud to be America’s longest running dinner theatre! Come and be a part of History!