Coal Mine Theatre presents HAND TO GOD, April 21- May 12, 2019

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2019 • Please include in your listings/announcements

The Toronto Premiere of
Written by Robert Askins
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
April 21 – May 12, 2019

All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of HAND TO GOD, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling, and Nicole Underhay, April 21 – May 12, 2019.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery runs the church puppet club. Her grieving teenage son finds solace in his homemade sock puppet, Tyrone. That is until Tyrone goes rogue and hijacks control of Jason. He shocks the congregation with his foul-mouthed insinuations and wild accusations. And by spinning his head around Exorcist-style! A hilarious lesson in humanity, HAND TO GOD tackles all the big themes including life, death…and crafting.

Produced on Broadway in 2015 and nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best New Play, HAND TO GOD was the most produced play in the 2016/17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. For its Toronto premiere, Mitchell Cushman (The Aliens / Coal Mine; Jerusalem / Company Theatre with Outside the March) returns to the Coal Mine to revisit this twisted play about a satanic sock puppet, which he first directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

The cast of HAND TO GOD features Frank Cox-O’Connell (Rose, Idomeneus / Soulpepper) as Jason/Tyrone; Nicole Underhay (The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs / Tarragon Theatre) as Margery; Ted Dykstra (Poison / Coal Mine, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands) as Pastor Greg; Amy Keating (Long Day’s Journey Into Night / Stratford Festival) as Jessica; and Francis Melling (Issac’s Eye / Unit 102 Actors Company) as Timothy.

The devil lurks off-off-Broadview!
presents the Toronto Premiere of
Written by Robert Askins
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra,
Amy Keating, Francis Melling, Nicole Underhay

Set Design by Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Design by Nick Blais

Costume Design by Lindsay Daggar Junkin
Music and Sound Design by Bram Geilen

Puppetry Designer/Director Marcus Jamin 
Stage Manager Meghan Speakman
Production Manager Wes Babcock

Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
April 21 – May 12, 2019
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:30pm
Tuesday-Saturday @ 7:30 • Sunday Matinee @ 2pm (Sunday preview @ 7:30pm)
All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst)
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Frank Cox-O’Connell and Tyrone

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The critically acclaimed and award-winning Coal Mine Theatre, Toronto’s Off-Off-Broadview theatre, presents its most ambitious season yet with an explosive lineup of productions that continue to prioritize excellence while offering a highly entertaining experience in their intimate eighty-seat theatre. With moving, gripping, and dramatic plays that Toronto has never seen before, Coal Mine Chief Engineers Diana Bentley and Ted Dykstra promise that every season will be their best yet. The 2018-19 season consists of The Nether, written by Jennifer Haley and directed by Peter Pasyk; The Wonder Pageant, created and directed by Kayla Lorette and Ron Pederson; The Father, written by Florian Zeller (translation by Christopher Hampton) and directed by Ted Dykstra; and Hand to God, written by Robert Askins and directed by Mitchell Cushman.

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