To Hell in a Hand Puppet! Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's HAND TO GOD, Opening Tonight
The new American play Hand to God opens on Broadway tonight, April 7, 2015 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), marking the Broadway debuts of playwright Robert Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company!
Hand to God features Steven Boyer as Jason/Tyrone; Geneva Carr, in her Broadway debut, as Margery; Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg; Sarah Stiles as Jessica; and Michael Oberholtzer, in his Broadway debut, as Timothy.
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.
The hilarious and provocative Hand to Godcenters 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.
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.
New York Theater: Hand to God(MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre), Trevor(Lesser America), Just Sex (StageFARM), I Wanna Destroy You (At Hand Theater Company), Finding Claire (Theater for a New City), Rose's Dilemma (MTC ), Clash by Night (Naked Angels), Betty's Summer Vacation(Playwrights Horizons), Boise (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Regional Theater: North American Tour of The Vagina Monologues, Things We Do For Love (Westport Country PLayhouse), Rabbit Hole (Huntington Theater, IRNE 2006). TV: "The Mysteries of Laura," "Younger," "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Royal Pains," "The Onion News Network," "The Good Wife," "Rescue Me," "Person of Interest," "Hope & Faith," "Law & Order," "Sex and The City." Film: Creative Control, It's Complicated, Love and Other Drugs, College Road Trip, Company Retreat, Then She Found Me, One Last Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, Alter Egos, Darkroom, High Maintenance, Ava's Possessions.
Broadway: 9 to 5 (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Pirates of Penzance (NYC Opera), The Apple Tree, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tony and OCC nominations), Roundabout Assassins (Drama Desk nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), A Little Night Music (NYC Opera), Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel (3.0), High Society, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph Dreamcoat. Recent Off-Broadway: The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theater), Hand to God (MCC), The Holiday Guys in a Happy Merry Hanu-Mas (Co-Creator; York Theater), The Blue Flower (Second Stage), The Glorious Ones, A Ministers Wife (Lincoln Center), See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk nomination). Regional: Baritones Unbound (Creator; ArtsEmerson/Asolo Rep), Hamlet (Yale Repertory), Tartuffe (Westport Playhouse), The Witches of Eastwick (Signature, Helen Hayes Award), Summer and Smoke(Hartford). Film/TV: "House of Cards," "Power," "Person of Interest," "Gossip Girl," "Smash," "Blue Bloods," "Sex and the City," "Late Night w/ Letterman," ATWT,Break In (Lifetime), Bye Bye Birdie.
New York Theatre/ Readings: Babylon Line (NYSF), Hand to God (MCC), The Talls (2ST Uptown), Incident at Vichy (TACT), Poetics: A Ballet Brut (The Public), Success Story (Neighborhood Playhouse), Raft of the Medusa (The Secret Theatre), Second Stage, The New Group, The Lark Play Development, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Youngblood: EST, New York Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company. Film/ TV: "Happyish" (dir. John Cameron Mitchell), "Forever," "The Americans," "NYC 22," "Law & Order," Delivery Man (Dreamworks), Dean (Dmitri Martin), Hits (David Cross), Take Back the Night (Justin Timberlake), HairBrained & Staring at the Sun.
Most recently Annelle in Judith Ivey's production of Steel Magnolias at the Alliance Theater. Sarah was Jessica in MCC's production of Hand to God for which she received a Lucille Lortel nomination. Little Red Riding Hood in Shakespeare in the Park's Into The Woods. Broadway: Muriel in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off- Broadway/original cast recordings: Joanne in Vanities (Second Stage), Nazirah in The Road To Qatar (York Theater). She also toured in the first nat'l companies of Spelling Bee and Tommy Tune's Dr. Doolittle. Sarah is the voice of Spider in the soon to be released recording of Pasek and Paul's James and the Giant Peach. She is also the lead vocalist in Gary Lucas's "Fleischerei" project which features music from Max Fleischer's Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons.
u/s Pastor Greg
Selected credits: Regional theatre: God's Ear(Boise Contemporary Theater). Los Angeles Theatre: A Lie of the Mind, Crimes of theHeart, Darwin's Pate. Film: Learning toDrive, Kid Witness, "Too Big to Fail" (HBO),The Magnificent Kooly-T, Crazy. TV: "House of Cards," "30 Rock," "Odyssey," "Late Night With David Letterman," "The Onion Sports Dome," "The Drew Carey Show," "J.A.G." For Big Barn.
u/s Margery, Jessica
Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (P.S.122, Elektra Theatre), How to Save the World... (New World Stages), The Extraordinary Ordinary (Clurman Theatre),People Like Us (NYMF, Talkin' Broadway Best Actress). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Peterborough Players, Barrington Stage Co. Thanks to Moritz and the H2G family! For my loves, Hal and Henry Bee.
u/s Jason/Tyrone, Timothy
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Hand to God(MCC), Sleep No More. Other NY: Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love, Restoration Comedy (the Flea). Regional: Bad Jews (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor), Awake and Sing! (Olney Theatre Center), Never the Sinner (1st Stage). Training: Boston University, LAMDA. For Frank and Callie.