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A.D. 16

2018 Festival

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Number of Chorus (Male): 3
Number of Chorus (Female): 1
Orchestra Breakdown:

piano, keys, guitar, bass, 3-piece horn section, drums

Casting Needs:

Diverse casting is a must with this show.


A.D. 16 tells the story of what happens when teenage Mary Magadalene falls in love with the boy next door: teenage Jesus. Featuring an R&B score that evokes the best of TLC, En Vogue, Prince and more, this comedic coming-of-age story asks the question: what if your first crush really WAS perfect?

Development History

Cinco got the idea for A.D. 16 about two years ago and immediately outlined a story and began writing songs. He’d completed a first act when he realized it was foolish to do this alone and found Bekah, who it turned out had always been obsessed with the idea of Jesus as a teenager. Stephen Brackett directed a reading of a new first act in NY in May 2017. Encouraged by this, they finished the show and did a concert presentation at Joe’s Pub in October 2017. This led to the current version of the show, which they finished in March 2018.