Raks Nativity

Raks Nativity
December 4, 2010
Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford, MA
Mary of Nazareth greets the morning
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary showing Anne, her mother, the gorgeous morning.
Anne played by Najmat
Photo by Allison Perkel

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Mary finds a white veil in the laundry,
and dreams of her wedding to Joseph.
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary "playing" bride
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary is praying at night, when the Angel Gabriel appears.
Angel Gabriel played by Bardriya al-Badi
Photo by Najmat
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Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is
"blessed among women."
Photo by Najmat
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Mary is uncertain that she can take on the responsibility.
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary accepts the responsibility.
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary and Joseph head to Bethlehem.
Joseph is played by Alaric Hartmann
Photo by Allison Perkel
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The playful horse tries to run away, but Mary reigns it back.
Horse played by Nepenthe Ahlam and Jemileh Nour
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary is enticed by fabric merchants.
Fabric merchants played by Anahit Karyan and Alizah Afet
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Photo by Allison Perkel
Raks Nativity
Photo by Allison Perkel
Raks Nativity
Photo by Allison Perkel
Raks Nativity
Photo by Allison Perkel
Raks Nativity
Mary and Joseph plead with a cranky inkeeper
to let them in for the night.
Cranky inkeeper played by Qatar
Photo by Allison Perkel
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A Tea Seller tries to entice Mary and Joseph.
Tea Seller played by Aurel
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Photo by Allison Perkel
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The Tea Seller tries to impress the couple.
Photo by Allison Perkel
 A kind innkeeper allows Mary and Joseph to stay in her manger.

As the baby Jesus is born, a bright star appears in the sky.  The star sears as a guide for the Three Magi, who follow the star to find the newborn.

The Angel Gabriel appears to shepherds, telling them about the child who will bring peace to the world.  The shepherds tell the villagers of Bethlehem about the newborn.

The Little Drummer Boy is searching for the perfect give, and realizes that he can play the drum for the young King.
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Mary and Joseph are sitting in the manger,
with the Angel Gabriel looking on.
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary presents the baby Jesus.
Photo by Najmat
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The Three Magi present their gifts.
The Three Magi are played by Maia Selene, Alizah Afet, and Qamar
Photo by Najmat
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The Magi, Shepherds, and Villages present their gifts.
Photo by Allison Perkel
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The Little Drummer Boy and his troupe enter the manger.
The Little Drummer Boy and Troupe played by
Johara and the Snake Dance Company
Photo by Allison Perkel
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Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus.
Photo by Najmat
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The Little Drummer Boy performs a solo for the baby.
Photo by Allison Perkel

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