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Edgy ‘Hand to God’ coming to B Street

By From page B4 | June 07, 2017

After the success of B Street Theatre’s world premiere play, “Treatment,” written by company members Tara Sissom, Amy Kelly and Stephanie Altholz, B Street is proud to offer its Main Stage Series audience a national, award winning success in “Hand to God,” opening June 11.

Robert Askins’ play finds a Fundamentalist Christian congregation reckoning with a hand puppet named Tyrone that’s possessed by the devil. While edgier than most Main Stage Series shows, the brilliance of Askin’s writing and the theatricality of the story makes the piece irresistible to B Street Theatre and its commitment to produce ground-breaking, funny theatre.

Askins was born in Cypress, Texas, in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. In 2009 his play “Princes of Waco” was produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre through the Youngblood program and his one act play “Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife” was a part of Marathon 2010 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. “The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef” won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics award in 2011.

Askins’ Obie Award-winning play “Hand to God” enjoyed three sold-out runs at EST in 2011-12. “Hand to God” premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City in October 2011 and returned in February 2012. It opened Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 14, 2014, and made its Broadway debut at the Boothe Theatre on April 7, 2015. The production would go on to receive five Tony nominations, including one for Best New Play.

The play runs June 11 through July 23 with showtimes Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 6:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 9 p.m. and selected Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 to $38 with $8 student rush tickets and $18 for preview performances. B Street Theatre Main Stage is located at 2711 B St., Sacramento For more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.

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