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Hand to God


Theatre: Booth Theatre
Opening Night: April 07 2015
Author: Robert Askins
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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
Best Play
Author: Robert Askins
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Direction of a Play


Robert Askins’s play centers on a shy, inquisitive student named 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.


  • Steven Boyer, who plays both Jason and his hand puppet, Tyrone, has starred in each of the play’s previous stagings.
  • Does art imitate life? According to the New York Times, playwright Robert Askins’s widowed mother ran a Christian puppet ministry in Texas.


This new American play was first produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in 2011 and continued its development Off Broadway at MCC Theater in 2014, before transferring to Broadway.