Christmas plays are a great place for the whole family to gather, especially if your family is a traveling band of actors who make their living putting on Christmas plays. Gather around with this GrouponLive deal to see Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. For $40, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $91.20 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before the show. Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 5 p.m.
Telling the story of the first Christmas through music, poetry, and dance, Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity has become an annual tradition at churches and theaters across the country since its off-Broadway debut half a century ago. Earnest joy and solemn reverence mingle from the very opening, when the choir files into the darkened auditorium, bearing candles and singing “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Arranged by age and vocal range, the singers belt out gospel-style carols, as well as some original songs, both as a group and as soloists, accompanying a narrator who spins the story of Jesus' birth. Mary and Joseph are mute throughout the piece, but the depth of their emotion resonates through the exuberance of the choir, backed by African drums. The evening of rejoicing concludes much as it began, as the cast reprises “Go Tell It on the Mountain” on their way out of the theater and into the world.
Harold Washington Cultural Center
Named in honor of Chicago’s first African-American mayor, the Harold Washington Cultural Center hosts theatrical and musical events that echo the center’s mission of African-American cultural preservation. This event helps celebrate the 10-year commemorative anniversary for the Harold Washington Cultural Center. In addition to its entertainment, the center performs community outreach each year to serve more than 45,000 youth through arts programs, teen summits, and special events.