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The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby (FringeNYC)

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Relevant

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby: There really is a pregnant virgin, shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries, a ratty inn and a bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy. More…

Categories: Musical/Opera, Drama, Local. From Firebone Theatre Company. Written by Music and Lyrics by Don Chaffer, Book by Chris Cragin-Day. Directed by Amelia Peterson.

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.  

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

TEAM: Book - Chris Cragin-Day
Music/Lyrics - Don Chaffer
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 Costume and Props Designer - Kayla Redd

August 16th, 2016
"If you’re going to reboot the Biblical tale of the virgin birth of Jesus, it helps to have an original take on the story, not to mention a consistent tone. Book writer Chris Cragin-Day, for the most part, has neither, which leads 'The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby' to veer between extre...
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August 14th, 2016
"The songs never reach anything preachy, rather we get a personal and careful look at the life of a couple coming to terms with this virgin birth and the enormity of their new, important place as impoverished people...This folks, is one of Fringe’s best. It’s smart, it’s polished, it’s honest, an...
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August 25th, 2016
"If there is one story we think we know all too well, it’s that of the birth of Jesus, but what Chaffer and Cragin Day do in their gorgeous musical 'The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby' is to bring a sense of freshness into it, and point out that beyond its supernatural elements, the show’s ...
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August 14th, 2016
“Comes to the stage with great promise...Retelling is fresh and, in most cases, brimming with humor. If only the cast members had stronger voices and were able to develop their characters more deeply giving them a freshness and a new depth of spirit...Peterson should be giving her actors a firmer...
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