Before Tyrone Says Goodbye, A Final Look at Sarah Stiles' Mischievous Two-Show Day at Hand to God

Photos   Before Tyrone Says Goodbye, A Final Look at Sarah Stiles' Mischievous Two-Show Day at Hand to God
 
Hand to God, starring Steven Boyer in his acclaimed performance as a boy and his foul-mouthed hand puppet, will end its Broadway run Jan. 3. Sarah Stiles, whose performance in the comedy earned her a 2015 Tony Award nomination, shared a two-show day with the people and puppets who inhabit her world. We look back!

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Producer Kevin McCollum's three years of development on this play include its previous acclaimed productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in 2011 and its more recent Off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in 2014.

Read the Playbill magazine feature with Boyer, in which he talks about playing both puppet and person.

Hand to God, according to producer McCollum, "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."

The design team for Hand to God includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen and fight direction by Robert Westley. Casting is by Telsey + Company. 

The Booth Theatre is located at 222 West 45th Street. Visit HandToGodBroadway.com.

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