Langston Hughes'

Black Nativity

DEC 30 • 7PM

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Tickets: $35, $25, $20, $15 | Limit 8 tickets per billing address

Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre • Basie Center Campus • 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

A joyous retelling of the traditional Nativity story in music, dance and verse, Black Nativity is a Gospel “song play” based on the Gospel of St. Luke, using the poetry of Langston Hughes and performed by an all-Black cast of singers, actors, dancers and musicians. One of the first plays authored by an African-American to be performed on Broadway (it debuted in 1961), Black Nativity delivers a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. An important civic tradition in many cities across the country, Black Nativity is directed by veteran actor and director Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr., Producing Artistic Director of the Dunbar Repertory Theatre Company, whose mission is to perpetuate an appreciation of cultural diversity and celebrate African-American culture.

Presented by Count Basie Center for the Arts


Beginning Sept. 8, the Count Basie Center for the Arts will require patrons to present one of the following to attend events at Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, The Vogel or Basie Center Cinemas:

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of door time

Patrons aged 12 and under are not required to present test results, but must remain masked during all events.

For events prior to Sept. 8, all patrons must remain masked except while eating or drinking. Masks will continue to be STRONGLY ENCOURAGED moving forward.

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This Count Basie Center event is being sold to full legal capacity, subject to local, state and/ or federal restrictions in place at the time of the event. If any show needs to be rescheduled and you cannot make the new date, you can request an account credit or refund.