HAND TO GOD
JULY 21 - AUGUST 19, 2018
by Robert Askins
directed by Christina Baldwin
runtime: 1 hour & 45 minutes, with one intermission.
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 20 7:30 p.m.
2014 Best New PLAY WINNER - OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARD
NOMINATED FOR 5 2015 TONY AWARDS
An irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back.
Sensitive and bashful Jason spends his afternoons with the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All innocence is lost when his cheeky puppet pal Tyrone forcefully takes control. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, he shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about love, grief and what it means to be human.
WHEN I HAVE PUT MYSELF AHEAD OF THE GROUP. WHEN I HAVE ACTED BADLY, IN ORDER THAT I MAY STAY AROUND THE CAMPFIRE ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SAY ... THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT.
Hand to God contains mature language and sensitive content.
Discretion is advised.
“I can't remember when I've been in a theater of people laughing as hard as they were at Jungle Theater's Hand to God.”
“No single modifier would be sufficient to describe Riley O’Toole’s portrayal of Jason and his animation of Tyrone. Let’s start with fearless and technically skilled.”
“Hand to God is yet another reason to applaud (take the sock off your hand first) artistic director Sarah Rasmussen’s knack for corralling superb recent scripts and matching them with top local talent.”
"Jungle Theater's Hand to God is the funniest show in town!"
"Hand to God is a hilarious, charming, and more than slightly offensive gem. Go and see it immediately.”
- Minnesota Playlist
"If you’re just looking for a good piece of theater with great performances (and you can stand a little swearing), you should really treat yourself to Hand To God at the Jungle Theater.”
-SW Fringe Geek
"I had as good a time in the theater as I’ve had in a long long time and so, unless there has recently been a death in your family, will you."
-How Was The Show
John Novak - Stage Manager/Properties
Chelsea Warren - Set & Puppet Design
Sarah Bahr - Costume Design
Grant E. Merges - Lighting Design
Sean Healey - Sound Design
Christine Weber - Assistant Director
Annie Enneking - Fight Choreography
Masanari Kawahara - Puppeteering Consultant
Meet the Playwright
Robert Askins was born in Cypress, Texas. His Tony-nominated, Obie Award-winning play Hand to God finished its run on London’s West End (Olivier-nominated for Best New Comedy) after it opened on Broadway in April 2015, following two critically-acclaimed runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater, where it was named a NYTimes Critics’ Pick and called “the most entertaining show of 2014.” His newest play Permission made its world premiere off-Broadway in spring 2015 at MCC Theater. His play Fish Display was part of the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference and Permission was part of the 2014 conference. Rob has received two EST/Sloan grants, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, and an Arch and Bruce Brown Award for Playwriting. Rob is an I-73 and Youngblood alum and a graduate of Baylor University.