Hand To God
In the church basement of a little Texas town, something evil is afoot. Or, well, at hand. Shy, inquisitive teenage Jason finally finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at his church’s Christian Puppet Ministry. But soon his hand puppet, Tyrone, goes rogue and takes on his own shocking and dangerous personality. 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.
Hand To God by Robert Askins will play from January 16 - February 10, 2019 in FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to see all 3 shows for as little as $49!
Run Time: Two hours, including a 15 minute intermission.
Warning: Contains adult language and overt sexuality.
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Director | Jason Cannon
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Nick Jones
Sound Designer | Thomas Korp
Jason/Tyrone | Harrison Bryan
Margery | Brenny Rabine
Pastor Greg | Drew Hirshfield
Timmy | Tom Patterson*
Jessica | Jessica Mosher
JASON CANNON (Director) is an Associate Artist at FST, where his responsibilities include directing, teaching, New Play Development, and the Acting Apprentice Program. Shows directed at FST include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Snow White, Peter Pan, Other People’s Money, The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair, Constellations, How to Use a Knife, Once, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Robin Hood, Doublewide, Burt & Me, The Dragon vs. the Hiccups, Gidion’s Knot, Stalking the Bogeyman, Million Dollar Quartet, The Velveteen Rabbit, Relativity, My Name is Asher Lev, and Butler (which earned Best Director nominations from the Sarasota Herald- Tribune and Creative Loafing). His performance as “Ever Montgomery” in Dancing Lessons garnered “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is a seven-time Kevin Kline Award nominee (and one-time winner for Outstanding Leading Actor). He appears regularly with FST Improv. Proud member SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jasoncannon.biz
BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager. In 2004, he was promoted to Production Manager. Over the past 16 years, he has stage managed over 38 productions and overseen the technical aspects of over 100 productions here at FST. During his 30 plus years in theatre, Mr. Price has designed sets, lights, and costumes for dozens of productions. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage, but he has found his home here at FST.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Heidi Rugg, Puppet-Maker.
"A filthy triumph"
The New York Times
"Darkly delightful play"
"A true tour de force"
"As touching as it is screamingly funny"
Did you know that Steven Boyer (the first actor to play Jason) built the very first Tyrone hand puppet himself? | WATCH
Catch highlights from the Broadway production of Hand to God | WATCH
Listen to playwright Robert Askins talk about Hand to God making the Top Ten Most-Produced Plays of 2016. Start about 30 minutes in. | LISTEN