Christmas is not canceled, and neither is Triangle Performance Ensemble’s annual production of "Black Nativity Durham."
"Black Nativity Durham" is a “soulful, gospel, celebration about the birth of Jesus Christ,” according to the show's press release. "Black Nativity" was originally written by Langston Hughes and adapted by Wendell Tabb, who directs and co-produces the show, along with Xavier Cason.
“Our adaptation features a cast of over 100 of some of the area’s most talented singers, dancers, actors and musicians, all coming together on one stage to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” Tabb said.
The performance is in its 14th year and will be presented virtually beginning Friday, Dec. 18 until Dec. 31. Tickets can be purchased online from $10 to $15.
Emmanuel Tabb, public relations and marketing representative for "Black Nativity Durham," said the show is a two-hour telling of the birth of the Christmas story.
Tiffany Agerston, vocal director for "Black Nativity Durham," described the first act of the show as the story of the birth of Jesus with an African twist.
“There is always an African dance to celebrate him and his naming, and there’s also the intertwining of gospel for the audience to hear,” Agerston said.
Agerston, who has been with the show for all 14 years of its run, said the second act takes place in a church in the present day.
“Act two is always where we take them to church, we have the set up for church and we do gospel songs and we remind people about the reason for the season,” Agerston said.