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Boston’s Black Nativity’s 44th Season Comes to Emerson

(November 17, 2014, Boston)—The 44th season of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, Boston’s production is the longest running gospel play in the country and it has been a Boston favorite holiday tradition since 1970. This year’s production will warm our hearts through the delicate voices of children, luminous chords of adults, and the thunderous beat of African drums to herald in the holiday season.

This year, 12 shows will run December 5 through December 21 and take place at Emerson College’s Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. Tickets are $45.00, $36.00 and $32.00. To purchase online at ASL performances will be available for some shows.

Black Nativity is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) as a gift from Boston’s black community to all men and women of “good will.” The more than four decades of mounting Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity honors the conviction of NCAAA founder Elma Lewis and original Musical Director John Andrew Ross that spiritual and humane values have to be celebrated to build wholesome communities.

In honor of Elma Lewis, an alumna and a passionate advocate for the arts, Emerson College recently established the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning and Research. “We’re thrilled to host this wonderful holiday tradition and historic production on our campus. It reaffirms the important role that the arts have in bringing communities together and creating shared experiences,” said Emerson College President Lee Pelton.



44th Season of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity


  • Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8pm
  • Saturday December 6, 2014 at 3:30pm and 8pm
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:30pm
  • Friday December 12, 2014 at 8pm
  • Saturday December 13, 2014 at 3:30pm and 8pm
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:30pm
  • Friday December 19, 2014 at 8pm
  • Saturday December 20, 2014 at 3:30pm and 8pm
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:30pm


Emerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111


$32, $36, $45. Tickets at Group rates and Box Office: 617-824-8400.


ASL performances available for some shows. Check website for further information.


All Ages


National Center for Afro-American Artists, 617-442-8614,


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About Emerson College

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 760 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. The College has an active network of 32,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit the website.


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