The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph's Baby

by Don Chaffer (Waterdeep) and Chris Cragin-Day

Playing at the 20th Anniversary NYC Fringe Festival August 2016!

This piece was originally commissioned by Pacific Theater, Vancouver.


Graphics by Robin Easter Design

Graphics by Robin Easter Design

This piece dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There really is just a dream interposed between her and death by stoning. There are shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men), a ratty extra room/stable at an inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy. 

Seriously. It is. 

With four racially diverse actors, a minimal set, and an emphasis on movement as an expressive device, The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike. 

Saturday, 8/13 @ 3:30PM + 
Friday, 8/19 @ 5PM
Monday, 8/22 @ 7:30PM
Friday, 8/26 @ 7PM
Saturday, 8/27 @ 12:15PM
+ This is a FringePLUS performance which will be followed by a meet-up with the cast and creative team

VENUE #15:
SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam St. (btwn. 6th Ave. & Varick St.)

Joseph - Michael Castillejos*
Elizabeth - Katherine George
Mary - Ava McCoy
Benjamin and various roles - Andrew Nielson
(*) these actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity

Produced in association with River + Rail Theatre Co.

Produced in association with River + Rail Theatre Co.

Director - Amelia Peterson
Producer - Hope Chavez
Stage Manager - Chloe Anne Madison
Scenic Designer - Gabriel Firestone
Costume and Props Designer - Alana Roecker
Lighting Designer - Devin Cameron
Music Director - Cameron Mizell
Assistant Director - Laura Dupper
Assistant to the Producer - Gabrielle Hughes
Assistant Stage Manager - Isabelle McCauley
Assistant Stage Manager - Madeline Grace Smith
Assistant Costume and Props Designer - Kayla Redd

All press inquiries and industry ticket should be sent to Hope Chavez at