Even Evil Puppets Know the Importance of Good Health! Hand To God's Tyrone Gets The Flu Shot

News   Even Evil Puppets Know the Importance of Good Health! Hand To God's Tyrone Gets The Flu Shot
Flu season is coming up and Dr. Barry Kohn visited the cast and crew of Broadway’s Hand to God to give out flu shots. Even Tyrone made sure to get one. Hand to God, starring Steven Boyer in his acclaimed performance as a boy and his foul-mouthed hand puppet, will play its final performance on Broadway Jan. 3, 2016.

The show opened April 7, 2015 at the Booth Theatre, marking the Broadway debuts of playwright Robert Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

Upon closing, Hand to God will transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning Feb. 5, 2016, at the Vaudeville Theatre. Von Stuelpnagel will recreate his Tony-nominated direction in London; complete casting will be announced at a later date.

“Having played an extraordinary 9-month run on Broadway, London is the natural next step for a new American play that is this exciting. We are thrilled that Hand to God will soon be experienced by audiences all over the world,” said producer Kevin McCollum in a statement.

Read the Playbill magazine feature with playwright Askins, who continued to tend bar by day to pay the bills.  Producer McCollum's three years of development on this play included its previous acclaimed productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in 2011 and its Off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in 2014. Previews began March 14.

The provocative play features the complete cast of the 2014 MCC Theater production. Boyer ("The Wolf of Wall Street," King Lear) stars as Jason/Tyrone with Geneva Carr (Broadway debut) as Margery, Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5) as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles (Into the Woods, Avenue Q) as Jessica and Michael Oberholtzer (Broadway debut) as Timmy.

The play landed in the news in early July when an audience member tried to charge his cell phone in a prop electrical outlet on the set. A video clip of the action went viral.

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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