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Hand To God transfers to Broadway's Booth Theatre

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The off-Broadway production of Robert Askins' comedy Hand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, which played at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from 20 February 2014 through to 30 March 2014, will transfer to the Great White Way.

Previews begin at the Booth Theatre on 12 March 2015, before an official opening on 7 April and the play is currently booking through to 26 July 2015.

Synopsis: "Hand to God centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. 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 - once soft-spoken - takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone's influence over Jason steadily grows, the play explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us."

The off-Broadway cast of Hand to God are all set to reprise their respective roles, including Steven Boyer (Jason/Tyrone), Marc Kudisch (Pastor Greg), Geneva Carr (Margery), Michael Oberholtzer (Timmy) and Sarah Stiles (Jessica).

The creative team for Hand to God features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen, and fight direction by Robert Westley. The show is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum ('Avenue Q', 'Rent', 'In The Heights', 'The Drowsy Chaperone' and 'Motown: The Musical').

Steven Boyer (Jason/Tyrone) has appeared on Broadway in 'I'm Not Rappaport.' Off-Broadway credits include 'The Explorers Club,' 'Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them,' 'The School For Lies,' 'The Coward.' 'Misalliance' and 'Richard III'. His movie credits include "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" and "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best."

Marc Kudisch (Pastor Greg) was nominated for Tony Awards for '9 to 5,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and 'Thoroughly Modern Millie.' Other Broadway credits include 'The Apple Tree,' 'Assassins,' 'Bells Are Ringing,' 'The Wild Party,' 'High Society,' 'The Scarlet Pimpernel,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' His Off-Broadway credits include 'The Blue Flower,' 'A Minister's Wife,' 'The Glorious Ones,' 'See What I Wanna See,' 'The Thing About Men' and 'Noo Yawk Tawk.' He will next be seen in the movie "Best Man in the Dark," which will be released in 2014.

Geneva Carr (Margery) will be making her Broadway debut. Off-Broadway credits include 'Betty's Summer Vacation' and 'Over the River and Through the Woods.' Her TV cedits include playing "Faith Yancy" in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Diane Connor" in "The Onion News Network" and "Pamela Keppler" in "Rescue Me." Films include "Darkroom," "Alter Egos," "The Melancholy Fantastic" and "College Road Trip."

Michael Oberholtzer (Timmy) is also making his Broadway debut. He has appeared Off-Broadway in 'The Talls' and in the movie 'Delivery Man'.

Sarah Stiles (Jessica) has appeared on Broadway in 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,' 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' and 'Avenue Q.' Her Off-Broadway credits include 'Into the Woods,' 'The Road to Qatar,' 'Vanities' and 'Captain Louie.'

- by Tom Millward

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