Possessed Puppet Comedy Hand to God Will Return Off-Broadway

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Hand to God, Robert Askins' comedy about a possessed Christian-ministry puppet, will make an Off-Broadway return to the Ensemble Studio Theatre in February 2012, according to the New York Times.

Steve Boyer starred in the play, which began its world premiere Off-Broadway at E.S.T. Oct. 27. Critics warmed to the production, which played an extended run through Dec. 18.

The Times reported that Hand to God will return for an eight-week run beginning the week of Feb. 20, 2012. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the production that features Boyer, Geneva Carr, Bobby Moreno, Megan Hill and Scott Sowers.

Tony-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Roy Miller, who brought West Side Story, [title of show] and The Drowsy Chaperone to Broadway in recent seasons, are interested in bringing Hand to God to Broadway or Off-Broadway in the next season, the Times reported.

Miller told Playbill.com on Dec. 27 that he saw the production late in its recent run at E.S.T. and is a huge fan of Askins' and Stuelpnagel's work. He said there were no official commercial plans yet, but that talks and meetings were underway to explore a future life for the property.

Here's how E.S.T. bills the play: "Christian Puppet Ministries are, in fundamentalist Christian congregations, normally a great way to teach children about the Bible. Each child gets a puppet, and each puppet gets its own personality. But in Hand to God, children can be fooled by Satan's tricks. For even within the sanctuary of the Christian Puppet Ministry of Cypress, Texas, the devil lurks; Hand to God tells that story." Askins' plays include Princess of Waco, Matthew and the Pastor's Wife, Everything is Ruthless and Doll Parts.

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