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Triangle Performance Ensemble Returns To The Stage Celebrating 16 Years Of BLACK NATIVITY Durham

Proceeds will support the Jeanne H. Lucas Scholarship Fund.

Triangle Performance Ensemble Returns To The Stage Celebrating 16 Years Of BLACK NATIVITY Durham

Black Nativity Durham, presented by Triangle Performance Ensemble, returns to the stage after being virtual for two years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Produced by Wendell Tabb and co-produced by Xavier Cason, the annual holiday musical is celebrating 16 years of excellence in community theatre. Adapted and directed by Tabb, but originally conceived by Langston Hughes, Black Nativity is a soulful, gospel celebration about the birth of Jesus Christ and exhibits the true reason for the Christmas season. The show will continue with its traditional opening on the third weekend in December but performances will occur in its usual venue, Hillside High School's John H. Gattis-Wendell Tabb Theater.

Black Nativity Durham runs from Friday, December 16, 2022-Sunday, December 18, 2022. The show dates and times for Black Nativity Durham are Friday, December 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at blacknativitydurham.com. Proceeds will support the Jeanne H. Lucas Scholarship Fund.

Black Nativity Durham is Wendell Tabb's adaptation of the story about the birth of Jesus Christ based upon Hughes' version of the Christmas story. Tabb's adaptation has transported audiences to the momentous birth of Christ for over a decade. "Black Nativity Durham has a perfect home with Triangle Performance Ensemble. As it has been nurtured and cared for in our community for over ten years, I am excited to see this amazing gospel experience reach even more hearts and souls with this year's celebration," states the show's musical director Xavier Cason. "We are celebrating 16 years of Black Nativity Durham. This is an annual event that has similar traditions all over the country and world," says Mr. Wendell Tabb, the director and producer. "Our adaptation features a cast of over 100 of some of the Triangle area's most talented singers, dancers, actors and musicians, all coming together on one stage to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ," said Tabb. "It's an amazing group of musicians and singers that come to put together this show. Seeing so many individuals with such a wealth of talent work so seamlessly together year after year is another outstanding feature of the show," says Cason.

Comprised of both original music and contemporary gospel favorites Black Nativity is different each year. Although presented annually, Tabb and Cason work diligently to create new artistic experiences throughout the production. "Over the past 16 years, the show's music evolved tremendously featuring gospel classics, rousing contemporary spiritual pieces and original music and arrangements," said Tabb. Audiences can look forward to experiencing an uplifting and undeniably spiritual celebration. Black Nativity Durham is an excellent opportunity for all generations to focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

TRIANGLE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE (TPE) is a non profit theatre arts company of Durham, North Carolina. The organization aims to develop professional talents in the performing arts (theatre, music, dance) for Durham and surrounding communities. TPE seeks to provide golden opportunities for audience members to experience innovative and creative theatre. Dr. Linda Kerr Norflett is the founder and Chair Emeritus.

For more information, visit www.blacknativitydurham.com.



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