hand to god

by Robert Askins

location | 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto



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. 
No intermission. No latecomers. 
Previews $25 (plus HST)
Regular price $42.50 (plus HST) 
Rush tickets $25 (cash only, at the door, 30 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.

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.

Blasphemous puppet show
is a filthy triumph
— The Guardian