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
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.