Louis Johnson and Black Nativity
During this production, Johnson worked again with Cleo Quitman, whom he would have interacted with while creating Folk Impressions for her company, New York Negro Ballet.
More about Black Nativity
Black Nativity, in which Christ’s birth story is refigured with Black characters, is a gospel play created by Langston Hughes. The production, directed by Vinnette Carroll, ran for four weeks at the 41st Street Theatre, opening on December 11, 1961. The play reinforced the historical accuracy of a Black Christ and toured extensively throughout Europe.