We all know the story of the Nativity. Virgin Mary. Joseph. Miraculous conception. Journey. Water breaks. No room in the inn. Manger. Birth. Jesus.
This is not that story.
Nativity reimagines the biblical story in an alternate reality- a cross between ancient Israel and modern day New York City. Mari is a poor immigrant girl who sings in the subway for change. Joe is the heir to King Carpentry, the construction conglomerate that built the city. Mari has ambitions to change the world with her music, but struggles to believe that her dream is possible because of Israel's distaste for “foreigners”. Joe, a native of Israel, combats the expectations of his intense Father, Herald King, the CEO of King Carpentry. The unexpected romance results in tension between their two disapproving worlds as well as the conception of a child that complicates both of their situations. The plot thickens even more when Mari’s world crumbles at the worst time, and she finds herself on the streets, seemingly alone and yet again seeking refuge while in labor. We see the “nativity scene” through a new light, and we must ask ourselves if we as Americans aren't heeding the ancient dangers of exclusion.