Season Sponsor: Kymanox

Carol Woods Retirement Community presents:

"Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes

Directed by Dr. Asabi

Music Direction by Michael D. Williams

Choreography by Kristi V. Johnson

DR. ASABI (STEPHANIE HOWARD) is an Associate Professor of Theatre at North Carolina Central University, where she serves as Chair. She has received a Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival directing award (2014 & 2016) and NCCU College of Liberal Arts Awards in Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, and Playwriting. She has directed shows such as The Bluest Eye and for colored girls… & for black boys (her original compilation) which were selected features at the 2015 & the 2013 National Black Theatre Festivals; The Color Purple; Ruined; Sarafina; Slappin’ God in the Face (her original work); Fabulation; Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery; From the Mississippi Delta; Blues for an Alabama Sky; and The Amen Corner. She also authored God Spoke My Name: Maya Angelou; Reaching for God with Dirty Hands and Tainted Blood and Distorted Beauty. On the international stage, Asabi co-directed Soul Rhythm; Sistah’s Voices at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa; directed The Mis-Education of Hip Hop in Florence, Italy and was the production manager for Ain’t Misbehavin’ for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Among many stage credits, she has performed in Four Queens No Trumps (a 2011 National Black Theatre Festival production), Steal Away, Intimate Apparel, Proposals, for colored girls..., and Having Our Say. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Wake Forest University, Asabi earned her doctorate at Regent University in Communication and Theatre. She is a contracted production manager with the NC Black Repertory Company. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Become a Season Subscriber and receive “Black Nativity” at Stewart Theatre, (not the NC Museum of Art) as well as a ticket to EVERY SHOW For the rest of the year, including the big June musical. All additional seats are at the low group rate with no on line fees! Call or email us today.

All Disability seating, group seating and season subscribers, please EMAIL US FOR YOUR SEATING. or call 919-264-7089

December 15 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm, December 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm, Talley Student Union, Stewart Theater, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh


Every year has new soloists, new arrangements, and new songs.

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State Campus, 2610 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606

Tickets are NON REFUNDABLE.  Handicap seats will be at the top of the theater, and separate from the group seating.    919-264-7089

ALL handicap seating must be reserved by email or phone.

Free Parking. Reserved Seating.  750 seats per performance.

Parking at/near Stewart Theatre/ Talley Student Union:

Any street parking marked with signage for a “C” permit (M-F 7a-5p), you’re good. Any street parking marked with signage for “RE”, you’re good. You can park in the Coliseum Deck -you need to enter the deck though an entrance that DOES NOT require you to take a ticket before entering, enter through an entrance that DOES NOT have a gate arm that raises/lowers. The gate arms and ticket machines signify the PAY LOT. If it does not have either of those things, you’re entering the permitted area that is free after 5pm.

DO NOT park in an “AS” permit space or handicapped space (unless, of course you have the placard). These are 24 hr/day towing spaces.


Buses welcomed! Please read the parking instructions for NC State Talley Student Center.  Please drop off your participants at the end of Dunn Avenue in the circle. There is an elevator there to take patrons to the third floor (Stewart Theatre is located on the third floor of the Talley Student Center). Buses may then park your bus near the Coliseum parking deck on the road.  NOTE: Drivers that do not have a ticket are welcomed to come as our guest if we have an open seat. Please see the box office.