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Dirty Puppet Comedy Hand to God Will End Its Broadway Run

The MCC Theater/Ensemble Studio Theater production is packing up from the Booth Theatre before transferring across the pond.

Michael Oberholtzer, Geneva Carr, Steven Boyer, Marc Kudisch, and Sarah Stiles in Robert Askins' Hand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
(© Joan Marcus)

Hand to God, the hit dark comedy that played runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater before moving to the Great White Way and getting nominated for several Tony Awards, will end its Broadway run on January 3.

Written by Robert Askins and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God tells the story of Jason, a young member of the Christian Puppet Ministry in Cypress, Texas, whose life is thrown into chaos when Tyrone, his hand puppet, takes on a dangerous personality of his own.

The complete MCC Theater cast, made up of Steven Boyer as Jason/Tyrone, Geneva Carr as Margery, Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy, starred in the Broadway production. Boyer, Carr, and Stiles were nominated for Tonys for their performances, as were director von Stuelpnagel and playwright Askins. Broadway previews of Hand to God began March 12, with opening night taking place on April 7.

The creative team for Hand to God includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen, and fight directior by Robert Westley.

A month after the Broadway run ends, Hand to God will transfer to London's West End, beginning performances February 5 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Director von Stuelpnagel will reprise his work in the United Kingdom, with casting still to be announced.

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