Each year, Congo Square Theatre presents a unique, refreshed version of “Black Nativity”, the Langston Hughes classic that premiered back in 1961. The play itself has become a tradition across the country. This year, that tradition lives on.
Inspired by "Black Nativity", “A Nativity Story: More than a Miracle” finds single mother Diane, watching her relationship with her son Nathan slip away. The story follows Diane on a journey to overcome her circumstances. Written by Congo Square ensemble member Alexis J. Rogers, “A Nativity Story” runs until December 28th.
To talk about the production, Richard Steele was joined at the shop by:
• E. Faye Butler, who plays the lead role, Diane, and
• TaRon Patton, Executive Director of Congo Square Theatre.
On this show, we also talked about a unique way to make boarded up buildings less of a blight on their community: "decorative board-ups".
For that conversation, Richard was joined by:
• Chris Toepfer of the Neighborhood Foundation. He’s been painting “decorative board-ups” across the country since 1995.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1fm. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show additionally broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.