The Birth turns 5: the UnChristmas show returns to CAST | CLT Blog

The Birth turns 5: the UnChristmas show returns to CAST

Posted on 10 Nov 2010 by Nathan Rouse

Now entering its 5th year, “The Birth” has captivated audiences each Christmas with a “sparse, bare theater experience that effortlessly wanders onto sacred ground.”

Nominated by “Creative Loafing” for Theatre Event of the Year in 2009, The Birth was inspired by a reading of Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Frederick Buechner’s book ‘The Magnificent Defeat.’  In a chapter titled “The Birth,” he composed a series of character monologues in the voice of those closest to the narrative of Christ’s arrival.

The Birth was first staged in 2006 and has continued to grow and evolve each year. This year’s show will be the most ‘original’ run ever, with an all new original song centered around the experience of Mary.  “Mary” was written by Charlotte’s own Sarah DeShields, who also wrote one of the show’s other original tunes, “The Shepherd Song.”


As this is our 5th year, we want to celebrate in style and hope that you’ll join us.

Sunday, December 19 will be a night of reflection, performance and song as we share a number of offerings with you this Christmas season.

Tickets to the 5th Year Event will get you:

  • A performance of The Birth
  • After-show talkback featuring the cast and Dale Brown. Brown is the head of
    The Buechner Institute in Tennessee as well as author of The Book of Buechner, a literary biography of Frederick Buechner, whose works are featured in and inspired the creation of The Birth
  • Concert by Charlotte-based singer/songwriter Sarah DeShields, who wrote both The Shepherd Song and Mary, two songs featured in The Birth 2010Mary is a brand new song for this year’s production.
  • Reception meet and greet with the cast, Dale and Sarah

For more information, visit The Birth’s website.

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