Hand to God
by Capital T Theatre
Aug. 18 - Sep. 17, 2016
In a church basement in Cypress, Texas, something evil is afoot. Well, okay — at hand. The church youth group has a monster in its ranks: a rogue puppet named Tyrone. He’s hijacked the hand of timid teen Jason and there’s nothing his classmates, his mother, or the pastor can do to exorcise this foul-mouthed demon.
HAND TO GOD is a hilarious and provocative new comedy about good and evil, sex and sin, faith and the filthy mind of one twisted sock puppet.
All hell is breaking loose at Hyde Park Theatre for the Regional Premiere of this hot Broadway hit, directed by Mark Pickell and starring Kenneth Wayne Bradley (YEAR OF THE ROOSTER), Chase Brewer (PUNKPLAY), Theresa Baldwin (A BRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY), Rebecca Robinson (DETROIT), and Brad Rothwell.
Running Time: 1hour 55 minutes with one intermission.
Hand to God is an "irreverent puppet comedy ...about a possessed Christian-ministry puppet." Author Robert Askins said that "Hand to God is an expression about honesty. It’s a southern regionalism that’s fairly unknown in the North."
In the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas, Margery is a widow whose husband has recently died. To keep her occupied, her minister, Pastor Greg, has asked her to run the puppet club. Fundamentalist Christian congregations often use puppets to teach children how to follow the Bible and avoid Satan. The teenage members of the club are her son Jason; Jessica, the girl next door that Jason has a crush on; and Timmy, the neighborhood troublemaker whose mother is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the church. Pastor Greg wants the puppet club to put on a performance at the church next Sunday. The characters become sexually attracted to each other. Jason's hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a life of his own, announces that he is Satan, leads them into sin, and expresses secrets that the characters would rather have left unacknowledged.
August 18 - September 17, 2016
511 West 43rd Street
Austin, TX, 78751
Tickets $20 and $30 plus service fee, available via BuyPlayTix.
ADDED Performances Sunday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 14 at 8 p.m.