HAND TO GOD

By Robert Askins
Directed by Tracy Brigden

September 24 – October 16, 2016
EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 22, 2016!

In a church basement in a little town in Texas, something evil is afoot. Or, well — at hand. A rogue puppet named Tyrone has hijacked the hand of timid teen Jason and there’s nothing his classmates, his mother, or the pastor can do to exorcise this foul-mouthed demon. Hand to God is a thrill ride of a comedy about good and evil, sex and sin, faith, and the filthy mind of one twisted puppet.

VIDEO

HAND TO GOD -- EXTENDED THROUGH OCT. 22

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PHOTOS

Hand to God

Photos Taken By Kristi Jan Hoover

SPECIAL EVENTS

HANDS UP! HAPPY HOUR

A happy hour kick-off for HAND TO GOD. Swing by City Theatre for a pre-show happy hour with wickedly good Wigle Whiskey cocktails and samples, Penn Brewery beer specials, and a preview performance of HAND TO GOD on September 28th at 7:00 p.m. which you can purchase tickets for here.
Keep the hilarity rolling after the show and join us in the lobby for a live recording of Drinking Partners Podcast with comedians Ed Dailey and Day Bracey and the cast. For more information, see our Facebook event.

FELT UP! PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP AND BRUNCH

Join City Theatre and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and make your very own Tyrone! Enjoy a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa, and brunch snacks, while making a one-of-a-kind hand puppet using recycled and repurposed materials from the PCCR. Afterward, check out the 1:00 p.m. performance of Hand to God and see how your Tyrone measures up. There are only 20 spaces available for the puppet-making workshop. Tickets, which include the workshop and matinee performance, are $50. Use promocode FELTUP to order. See our Facebook event for more information.
This event is BYODP: Bring Your Own Demonic Possession.

PLAYWRIGHT

ROBERT ASKINS

Robert Askins

PRESS

Meet America’s Favorite Satanic Sock Puppet

The New York Times | by Diep Tran
Nov. 9, 2016

”He starts out nice and everything — happy face on him, button eyes, little eyebrows.”

Theatre Review: ‘Hand to God’ at the City Theatre

PA Theatre Guide | By Will Ashton
Oct. 6, 2016

Its astounding electricity and frenetic energy, brought with such care and investment by director Tracy Brigden, is a marvelous thing to behold.

BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at City Theatre is Wickedly Funny and Surprisingly Human

Broadway World | By Mike Mekus
Oct. 5, 2016

Tracy Brigden did a solid job directing an immaculate production. She had supremely talented performers to work with, and it showed.

REVIEW: Hand to God at City Theatre

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Ted Hoover
Oct. 5, 2016

Seeing Hand to God could send you straight to Hell, but you’ll be laughing the whole way down.

Stage review: Praises for 'Hand to God'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Christopher Rawson
Oct. 5, 2015

Yes, “Hand to God” is just as funny as you’ve heard, and if you haven’t heard, you must live too far away from the South Side to hear the gales of laughter. But “gales” isn’t strong enough — make it tornadoes.

REVIEW: “Hand to God” at City Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler | By Wendy Arons
Oct. 3, 2016

Nick LaMedica is a magician with the hand puppet, and the rapid-fire comedic interplay between Jason and Tyrone is sheer genius, not only on the level of dialogue, but also as physical comedy

Honestly Felt – a review of “Hand to God”

‘Burgh Vivant | by Brian Edward
Oct. 3, 2016

Brava to director Tracy Brigden to play the comedy for the drama and not just for the laughs. The emotions in the show are honestly felt (pun always intended).

REVIEW: Hand to God

PGH in the Round | by Yvonne Hudson
Oct. 3, 2016

The whole cast is just terrific under Tracy Brigden’s keen direction, relentlessly playing of each character’s good and evil sides.

City Theatre's 'Hand to God' comedy includes a puppet but isn't for kids

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | By Alice T. Carter
Sept. 28, 2016

City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden likes to include a comedy in every season.That’s not as easy as you’d think, she says.

STAGE PREVIEW: 'Hand to God' unleashes one wicked puppet at City Theatre

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Sept. 22, 2016

If you see a guy walking around the South Side with a puppet, say “Hi.” Just don’t be surprised if the puppet answers.

CAST

NICK LaMEDICA
Jason/Tyrone
LISA VELTEN SMITH
Margery
TIM McGEEVER
Pastor Greg
MICHAEL GREER
Timmy
MAGGIE CARR
Jessica

CREATIVE TEAM

TRACY BRIGDEN
Director

TONY FERRIERI
Scenic Designer

TRACY CHRISTIANSEN
Costume Designer

ANDREW DAVID OSTROWSKI
Lighting Designer

ELIZABETH ATKINSON
Sound Designer

STEPHANIE SHAW
Puppet Designer

NANCY McNULTY McGEEVER
Dialect Coach

DIEGO VILLADA
Fight Choreography

CAPARELLIOTIS CASTING/LAUREN PORT
Casting

IMPORTANT DATES

SUN, SEPT 25 | 7:00 PM
Sipping Sunday

FRI, SEPT 30 | 8:00 PM
Opening Night

SUN, OCT 2 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

FRI, OCT 7 | 8:00 PM
Greenroom

SUN, OCT 9 | 2:00 PM
Post-Show Talkback

TUES, OCT 11 | 7:00 PM
ASL Interpretation

SUN, OCT 16 | 2:00 PM
Open Captioning & Audio Description

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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ADDITIONAL INFO

WARNING

Hand to God is rated R for rude, raunchy, and riotously funny content. You’ve been warned. 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

TICKETS

REGULAR ADMISSION

Starting at $37.50.

PERSONS UNDER 30

$15 advance tickets, excluding Fridays 8pm/Saturdays 5:30pm.

$15 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

Tickets will be held at Will Call. Must present valid ID. One ticket per ID.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT

A limited number of “Pay-What-You-Want” tickets will be available two hours before the 1 p.m. performance on Saturday, October 8th. Please call the box office in advance to check on availability. Mention “Pay-What-You-Want” pricing when purchasing.

SENIORS AGE 62 & OLDER

$22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours prior to show.

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE

Save when you bring a group! For pricing, contact Joel Ambrose, Box Office Manager, by email or at 412.431.4400 x286.

MILITARY FAMILIES

As a participating Blue Star Theatre, City Theatre is happy to offer 25% off to military personnel and their families. More info >

MEDIA SPONSORS

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