San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
HAND TO GOD
by Robert Askins
Directed by Mitch Massaro
Assistant Direction / Puppet Design by Cassie Hamilton
Stage Management by Hayley Rose Maurer
Starring: Blake Holliday, Kim Bretton, Chuck Long, Britt Byrd, Jordan Ravellette
Produced by Vali Forrister and Jessika Malone
The hilarious and provocative 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, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
"Flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times.
“Furiously funny…Askins’ most impressive talent is his ability to make us laugh while juggling those big themes that make life so terrifying: death, depression, alcoholism, sexual guilt, emotional repression, religious hypocrisy and the eternal battle between your good puppet and your bad puppet.” —Variety.
“A scabrously funny scenario that steadily darkens into suspense and Grand Guignol horror, this fiery clash of the id, ego and superego is also an audacious commentary on the uses of faith, both to comfort and control us.” —The Hollywood Reporter.
When & Where
Actors Bridge Ensemble
We are a training program for new and seasoned actors.
We are a theatre company dedicated to telling the stories that need to be told in Nashville.
We are committed to taking big risks for the reward of authenticity on stage and in life.
We are in love with broadening what is considered theater in our community.
We are people who help others find their voice and speak their truths.
We believe in theater’s power to heal us in a thousand places we may not have realized needed healing.
We believe that the theater is a sacred calling: we make a promise to our community to stay emotionally connected in a world that praises going numb. We promise to feel and remind our audiences how good feeling can be.
We believe in the ensemble principle. The person you see on stage in one show you will likely see behind the light board in the next. The person selling tickets may also be a budding new playwright. Your usher is likely an aspiring actor.
Our mission is tell the stories that matter to Nashville as we train theater artists, produce socially conscious plays, create new work, expand what counts as theater in our community, and help artists and audiences find their authentic voice and speak easy on stage and in life.
Phone Number: 615-498-4077. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio location: Darkhorse Chapel, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
We perform at the Darkhorse and at Belmont University's Troutt Theater Complex, where we are the professional theater in residence.