BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- HAND TO GOD's Steven Boyer- 'It Feels Like I'm on a Rocketship'
We are yet another day closer to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 (8PM on CBS). Earlier this month, the 2015 Tony nominees gathered to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day. Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with Steven Boyer, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play nominee for Hand to God.
Steven is an actor and a comedy writer based in NYC. Time Out NY recently named Steven as one of the Future Legends of the NY theatre. Steven earned an OBIE Award for his work in Hand to God at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Steven is a fixture in NYC theatre and has performed the award-winning role of in Hand to Godtwice. He has also appeared in MTC's The Explorer's Club as well as in Second Stage's production of Modern Terrorism. Steven also played the title role of Trevor in Nick Jones' darkly funny Trevor, performed with Lesser America. In addition to his work in the theatre, Steven has worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's film, The Wolf of Wall Street and can currently be seen in the film, Listen Up Phillip. Steven has appeared in such beloved TV series as "Orange is the New Black," "The Crazy Ones," "Louie," "Person of Interest," "Law & Order," and "Ed". Steven is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He starred in and produced the independent web sitcom pilot from Emily Chadick Weiss, "The Share". Steven lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Find him on Twitter @SteveBoyer5000.
The hilarious and provocative Hand to God 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.