“Unto This House: The King of Kings is Born,” a production by Boston playwright Alda Marshall Witherspoon, debuts at Hibernian Hall through Dec. 16. Co-presented by the Witherspoon Institute and Madison Park Development Corporation, the vibrant play uses dance, song, puppetry and passion to retell the nativity story with an emphasis on African culture.
The show was born three years ago when Witherspoon produced a shorter version of it for her church. Her pastor was so impressed, he insisted afterward that the show be expanded and brought to the public. The community came together to make the show a reality. The current iteration features new choreography by Jo-Mé Dance in Hyde Park and six new songs. “I do a large focus on the atmosphere in which the birth happened,” says Witherspoon. “I do it from the perspective of the African diaspora.”