Black Nativity at Bethel AME

The annual holiday production of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes and presented by PassinArt, Portland’s African American producing theater company, will be presented over three weekends, Dec. 2-16, at Bethel AME Methodist Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave.

Black Nativity was originally produced off-Broadway in 1961.

The gospel song play uses a cultural lens to retell the classic holiday Biblical story through scripture and inspiring traditional holiday favorites and folk spirituals in a rousing, soul-stirring versions featuring local artists that consistently move and appeal to audiences from all walks of life.

Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $25 and available online at For more information call 503-235-8079.

In addition, a Black Nativity Concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Parish Church in Tualatin. A reception with performers follows the concert. All are welcome

The mission of PassinArt: A Theatre Company is to entertain, educate, and inspire artists and audiences while addressing critical issues facing our community; and to celebrate our history and culture.