Opened: April 7, 2015
Author: Robert Askins
The Story: In the quiet, devoutly religious town of Cypress, Texas, a shy student Jason finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and—most especially—his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason’s hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own.
Based On: To write Hand to God, Askins took his own upbringing and turned it up to 11—he did grow up in small-town Texas, his father did pass away when he was a teenager, he was very involved in church as a kid and his mother did have a Christian puppet ministry. The play turned a corner when he finally figured out that it was comedy.
Show History: Hand to God premiered at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater in 2011 and then at off-Broadway's MCC Theater in 2013.
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Morris Berchard, Mariano V. Tolentino, Jr., Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, DeSimone/Winkler, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Timothy Laczynski, Lily Fan, Ayal Miodovnik, Jam Theatricals, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater
—Drama League nomination for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Fun Fact: Broadway, shmoadway—Robert Askins isn't your typical rising writing star. He doesn't keep notebook, doesn't believe in grad school, and he can make you one hell of a margarita because he kept his bartending gig at a Tex-Mex joint in Brooklyn even as his play was hitting the big time.