Stealing Baby Jesus
by Austin Playhouse

Dec. 11 - Nov. 21, 2021

Inspired by her mother's attempts to create joyful traditions in tough times, and by Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Bernadette Nason has been forever striving to find the perfect Christmas, even though childhood memories haunt her. When she reads that her hometown of Winchester is vying for the coveted title of "Most Christmassy Town in Britain," she's gobsmacked. Most Christmassy town? Snort! Not on your nelly! And, suddenly, the ghosts of Christmases past are back, and Nason is reflecting on the consequences of deep-rooted family rituals. 

Review by Cliff Cunningham, Sun News Austin, Dec. 17, 2021

Run time: approximately one hour

Content advisory: Contains brief reference to a sexual assault 

Directed by Ben Wolfe | Performed by Bernadette Nason

Austin Playhouse is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Texas Commission on the Arts and funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Shubert Foundation.

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Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre in its 22nd season. Under the leadership of Co-Producing Artistic Directors Don Toner and Lara Toner Haddock, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University, to a year-round operation producing an average of six mainstage plays, theatre for youth productions, and a new play festival. Austin Playhouse plans to build a permanent home for the veteran theatre troupe and all of Austin’s artistic community.


Stealing Baby Jesus
by Bernadette Nason
Austin Playhouse

December 11 - November 21, 2021
Trinity Street Players
Black Box Theatre, 4th floor, First Baptist Church
901 Trinity Street
Austin, TX, 78701

Saturday December 11, Thursday & Friday December 16 & 17, and Tuesday December 21 at 7:30 p.m.;  Sundays December 12 and 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Trinity Street Playhouse | 901 Trinity Street  

Tickets: Pick-your-price starting at $20 for in-person; $12 for streaming. Attend one performance receive $5 off the other. In-person performances on sale now at Streaming on demand tickets will be on sale soon. 

Health & Safety:

Full vaccination record or negative COVID test (PCR within 72 hours of performance) required to attend in-person performances. Providing proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test helps ensure everyone's comfort gathering for an indoor, live performance. Masks required at all times in the venue.

Patrons will be considered to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose for a two-dose regimen mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, or the single dose for single-dose regimen such as Johnson & Johnson). Patrons will be asked to show documentation of vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test upon entry to the lobby. 

 Concessions will be available in the lobby. Drinks are not permitted inside the theatre.