"...One of the Fringe's best. It's smart, it's polished, it's honest, and it has a bright future ahead of it."   

"Its simple beauty... makes it a timeless work."   
-Stage Buddy

"...A hit! See it wherever and whenever you can!"
-Applause, Applause

"...the magic in the air was palpable."
- Knoxville Mercury

the unusual tale of mary & joseph's baby

Book by Chris Cragin-Day, Music and Lyrics by Don Chaffer

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.


Past Readings
River & Rail, Knoxville, 2015
Olmsted Salon, NYC, 2016

Past Production
SOHO Playhouse, Fringe Fest NYC, 2016
River & Rail, Knoxville, December 2016
Kings College, NYC, 2017
River and Rail Theatre Company, Oklahoma City, 2017
River and Rail Theatre Company, Knoxville, 2017

[Photos from Fringe NYC production, by Godwell Chan, Poster by Robin Easter Design]




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