hand to god

by Robert Askins

location | 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

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Preview Sunday, April 21 at 7:30pm
Preview Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30pm
Opening Night Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30pm
Closing Day Sunday, May 12 at 2pm

*ADDED Saturday, May 4 at 2pm
*ADDED Saturday, May 11 at 2pm

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm (Mondays Dark)
Matinees are Sunday at 2pm. 
There is a 10 minute intermission for this show. No latecomers. 
Previews $25 (plus HST)
Regular price $42.50 (plus HST) 
Rush tickets $25 (cash only, at the door, 45 minutes before performance starts, subject to availability. No phone reservations).

Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Written by Robert Askins 
Set Design by Anahita Dehbonehie 
Lighting Design by Nick Blais
Costume Design by Lindsay Daggar Junkin 
Sound Design by Bram Gielen 
Puppetry Designer/Director Marcus Jamin

Starring Frank Cox-O'Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling and Nicole Underhay

Coal Mine Theatre engages under the terms of the INDIE 2.2, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

HAND TO GOD, a blasphemous black comedy, with puppets, written by Robert Askins, was the most produced play in the 2016-17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. (Says a lot about the state of the States!) Mitchell Cushman (The Aliens) returns to the Coal Mine to revisit a play about a satanic sock puppet he directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

FRANK COX-O’CONNELL AND NICOLE UNDERHAY | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

FRANK COX-O’CONNELL AND NICOLE UNDERHAY | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

TED DYKSTRA | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

TED DYKSTRA | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery is tasked with running the church puppet club. Attended grudgingly by her teenage son Jason, he finds solace in Tyrone, his homemade puppet. That is until Tyrone turns fiendish causing doors to slam, lightbulbs to burst and his head to spin around Exorcist-style. Is it...the devil? HAND TO GOD tackles all the big themes: death, depression, alcoholism, sexual repression, emotional guilt, religious hypocrisy and crafting.

TYRONE (PUPPET) AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

TYRONE (PUPPET) AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

TED DYKSTRA AND NICOLE UNDERHAY | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

TED DYKSTRA AND NICOLE UNDERHAY | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK


Frank Cox-O’Connell turns in a command performance... he really nails the Jekyll-and-Hyde duality of the role.
— Mooney On Theatre
This wickedly sinful yet so much corrupt fun of Coal Mine’s production allowed me to have a good laugh. A wickedly sinful ‘Hand to God’ that should be running longer. Try to get a ticket!
— Joe Szekeres

NICOLE UNDERHAY, FRANCIS MELLING AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

NICOLE UNDERHAY, FRANCIS MELLING AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

AMY KEATING AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK

AMY KEATING AND FRANK COX-O’CONNELL | HAND TO GOD | PHOTO BY KRISTINA RUDDICK


Deep urges and dark thoughts affect all the characters and Mitchell Cushman directs them with a sure hand for full comedic results with a touch of concern at how aggressive the urges are revealed.
— Slotkin Letter
Hand to God premiered to audience acclaim on Broadway in 2015, but the intimate setting of the Coal Mine Theatre and the less-is-more inventiveness of Anahita Dehbonehie’s set feel more appropriate for Askins’ play.
— Toronto Star