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Regional Premiere

Hand to God
By Robert Askins
Directed by Dee Covington

November 5-December 17, 2016
Previews November 3-4

In small town Cypress, Texas, sweet but troubled teen Jason is coping with his father’s recent death and is forced to join his mother’s Church-led puppet group. When this God-fearing boy discovers that his sock puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally.
In this ruthlessly dark comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who’s really in charge. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, Tyrone shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about what it means to be human. Hand to God is a blasphemous exploration of faith, grief, and humanity.
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CAST
John Hauser, Jason/Tyron
Tara Falk, Margery
Michael McNeill, Pastor Greg
Jenna Moll Reyes, Jessica
John Jurcheck, Timothy

PRODUCTION TEAM
Dee Covington, Director
Courtney O’Neill, Scenic Designer
Katie Gruenhagen, Lighting Design
Jason Ducat, Sound Design
Liz Hoover, Costume Design
Tim David, Props Design
Cory Gilstrap, Puppet Design & Construction
Jenn Zukowiski, Fight Director
Phoebe Sacks, Stage Manager
Kate Boyles, Assistant Stage Manager

Review: Hand to God Brings the Joy of Socks
Juliet Wittman, Westword
The entire evening has the pulse-quickening, adrenaline-pumping effect of a first-rate rock concert, but it gives you quite a bit more to chew on later.

Hand to God is raunchy fun, bloody drama
Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
The regional premiere of Robert Askins’ provocative “Hand to God” offers equal parts raunchy fun and bloody drama. That may surprise those who’ve heard only about the hilarity of the foul-mouthed sock puppet at the show’s center.

Or the puppet sex.

Review from Tall Tales
Mark Stevens, Telluride Inside
“Hand to God” thrives on the good side of outrageous. It’s juicy and meaty. It’s absurd and wickedly funny. It tackles—and throttles— big issues like organized religion, morality, and myth-making. It’s provocative, in case that’s not already apparent.

BWW Backstage: Video Preview of Hand to God
Robert Bogin, Broadway World
“Talk to the hand” takes on a whole new meaning when puppets become both profound and profane at the Curious Theatre Company’s production of Hand to God. Watch a video preview of the show with interviews with the actors.

Review from Colorado Drama
Bob Bows, Colorado Drama
John Hauser’s performance, as Jason, the mixed up adolescent, and as Tyrone, the unbridled libido and bottled up id, is stunning in its nuances in character as well as puppetry, and hilarious in its quick witted and uptempo “self talk.” As Tyrone is unleashed, the interactions between the hydra-headed teenager with other characters heat up to the point of explosion.

Day & Night: Hand to God
Juliet Wittman, Westword
It tells the story of a widowed mother who lives with her son, Jason, in Cypress, Texas, and starts a puppet class in a church basement. The puppet Jason makes, Tyrone, becomes demonically possessed. One interpretation is that Jason is really possessed, another that Tyrone is the alter ego of a boy who has just lost his father and is uncertain how to process his feelings. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

Talkbacks
Want to talk with others about the show? Want to hear from the actors about the process behind the play? Talkbacks with artistic staff and cast members follow each performance, starting the Thursday after opening and continuing until Friday of closing weekend. A Curious favorite!

Season Sponsors:
Shamos Family Foundation
The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

Season Patrons:
Diana & Mike Kinsey
Elizabeth Steele
Carol E. Wolf

Serial Storytelling Sponsor:
Laura Cowperthwaite & LiveWork Denver

Platinum Show Sponsor:
Ann Corrigan & Kent Rice
Joseph H. Thompson Fund

Gold Show Sponsor:
Shelley Fleetwood & Jim Gusek