Hand to God

City Theatre Company
October 19, 20, 21, 22
7 p.m. & 8 p.m.

What happens when a twisted sock puppet takes over a remote Texas town? If you’ve been hearing the rave reviews from attendees and critics alike but were unable to catch City Theatre‘s sold-out production of Hand to God, then you’re in luck. The company has extended the run of Robert Askins’ hit play.

The newly added performances for Hand to God are: Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20 at 8 p.m., Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday October 22 at 8 p.m.

Dubbed as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist,” the Obie-winning puppet comedy was a hit on Broadway, where it garnered five Tony Award nominations, including Best New Play.

For its much buzzed about Pittsburgh premiere, Hand to God showcases a cast of five outstanding local and national performers along with a devilishly devious puppet. Directed by City Theatre’s own Tracy Brigden, the captivating comedy explores all of the juicy themes—good and evil, sex and sin, the human condition, and faith. At the center of all of the dark drama is the “filthy mind of one twisted sock puppet.”

Making his City Theatre debut is Nick LaMedica, who stars as Jason/Tyrone. The cast also includes Pittsburgh favorites Maggie Carr as Jessica/Jolene, Michael Greer as Timmy, Tim McGeever as Pastor Greg, and Lisa Velten Smith as Margery.

Audiences will be transported to a church basement in a small Texas town, where “something evil is at hand.” Equal parts heretical and hilarious, Hand to God chronicles the raunchy havoc that is wreaked on a devoutly religious, quiet small town of Cypress, Texas when the recently widowed Margery is asked by her minister Pastor Greg to run the church’s teen puppet club. Suddenly, a blasphemous hand puppet named Tyrone takes on a Satanic life of his own, going rogue and conspiring to expose the secrets of the entire congregation.

A celebrated new voice in the contemporary American theater scene, Askins is currently working on two feature film projects and an original comedy series for HBO. Hand to God reflects the playwright’s personal experiences growing up in the tight-knit Lutheran community of Cypress, Texas.

Extending a production on its Main Stage is quite rare for City Theatre; ithe company has not done so since 2003, when Hedwig and the Angry Inch starred Anthony Rapp.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...