VIDEO: Playwright Robert Askins and Cast Talk About HAND TO GOD's Amazing Journey To Broadway
Playwright Robert Askins, associate producer Lucas McMahon and cast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Bob Saget, Sarah Stiles and Michael Oberholtzer sat down with Talks at Google recently, to chat about HAND TO GOD's amazing journey from Off-Off Broadway to Tony-nominated Broadway hit.
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Askins gets the conversation rolling by describing his home life growing up in Texas with a mother who ran a puppet ministry, just like the one depicted in the play. The mother and son characters played by Boyer and Carr were created when the playwright observed their natural chemistry at a party.
Boyer talks in depth about capturing the right technique for playing a shy teenager and the aggressive demon who inhabits his sock puppet. Saget talks about being the new guy in the cast, making the role of Pastor Greg his own as a replacement for original cast member Marc Kudisch.
Hand to God plays at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) through January 3, 2016 before immediately transferring to London's West End, with performances beginning on February 5, 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre.
Comedy and television icon Bob Saget now plays the role of 'Pastor Greg.' He joined cast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles, and Michael Oberholtzer. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, who originated the role of 'Pastor Greg', exited the production on November 1st to begin production on Baritones Unbound.
Playwright Robert Askins goes for the jugular-by way of sock puppet-in his hilarious and heartbreaking new comedy Hand to God. In it, a shy teenager named Jason is surprised when his Bible School project-a puppet named Tyrone-takes on a shocking, truth-telling personality all its own, forcing everyone in its path, especially Jason's mother Margery, to confront their own demons as they search for redemption through a mix of riotous laughter and genuinely shocking twists.
Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs. 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.