August 2016

Working again with Firebone Theatre, Hope produced the world-premiere of The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby by Chris Cragin-Day and Don Chaffer at FringeNYC. 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. After its production at FringeNYC, the show received a second production at River & Rail Theatre Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee.