Alley Theatre Opens Season With Hand to God
The Broadway comedy begins performances tonight.
In Texas playwright Rob Askins' puppet comedy, the devil is lurking in a church basement puppet show in Cypress, Texas. His name is Tyrone and he may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he infiltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of Jason's arm, all Hell breaks loose.
Under the direction of Mark Shanahan, Hand to God features Steve Pacek as Jason, Michael Brusasco as Pastor Greg, and Alley Company members Elizabeth Bunch as Margergy, Emily Trask as Jessica, and Jay Sullivan as Timothy.
Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd praised the play by saying, "Hand to God is a serious comedy that marries outrageousness with real depth of feeling and a did-he-really-just-say-that hilarity. It's exhilarating and alarming – angry and unsettling – and painful and ultimately moving. We are all thrilled to be making a production of Texas playwright Robert Askins' play and of celebrating his Alley debut and of welcoming this Cypress native back 'home.'"
The production includes scenic design by Kevin Rigdon, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Paul Whitaker, and sound design by David Budries.
Performances run through September 18.