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Tickets Now on Sale for Mcc Theater’s “Hand to God”

Rick Miramontez / Scott Braun / Michael Jorgensen
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New York, NYMCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) announced today that tickets are now on sale for the eagerly anticipated Off-Broadway premiere of Robert Askins’ Hand to God starring Steven Boyer who reprises his celebrated, Obie Award-winning performance from the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in 2011.  Boyer will be joined in this brand new production by Tony® Award nominee Marc Kudisch as well as Geneva Carr, Michael Oberholtzer, and Sarah Stiles.  Hand to God is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and begins at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on February 19, 2014.  An official opening night is set for March 10, 2014.  For tickets and info, please visit www.mcctheater.org.

In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand.  But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.  In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, a foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone soon teaches those around him that the urges that can drive a person to give in to their darkest desires fit like a glove.

All performances of Hand to God will offer $30 Under 30 seating, available two hours prior to each curtain, pending availability, for $30 for audience members 29 years old or younger on the day of the performance. Limited advanced $30 Under 30 seating is also offered online for each performance, with tickets available for pick-up at will call with valid ID including proof of age.  One ticket per ID. No exceptions.  Additionally, pending availability, $20 Student Rush tickets for full-time high school and college students can be purchased 20 minutes before curtain (cash only) with valid ID.  General tickets are $69-$89 and are available by visiting www.mcctheater.org or calling 212-352-3101.

Actor Steven Boyer (Jason/Tyrone) can currently be seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and has appeared on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and Off-Broadway’s The Explorers Club (MTC), Modern Terrorism (Second Stage), Hand to God (OBIE Award, Ensemble Studio Theatre), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores), Motel Cherry (Clubbed Thumb), The Ugly One (Soho Rep), School for Lies (Classic Stage Co), The Coward (LCT3), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public). TV/Film: “Louie,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “Ed”, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.

Boyer is joined in Hand to God by Geneva Carr (Margery), reprising her acclaimed work from the Ensemble Studio Theatre production of Hand to God, has appeared in Trevor at Lesser America and Betty’s Summer Vacation at Playwrights Horizons; Broadway veteran Marc Kudisch (Pastor Greg), who received Tony® Award nominations for 9 to 5: The Musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and has also been seen on “Sex and the City,” “All My Children,” and “Smash”; Michael Oberholtzer (Timmy), who appeared in The Talls at Second Stage and can be seen in the major motion picture Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn; and Sarah Stiles (Jessica), who recently appeared in The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods as well as the Tony® Award winning Avenue Q.

Playwright Robert 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 EST/Youngblood. His one act play Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics award in 2011.  Most recently Rob’s Obie Award-winning play Hand to God enjoyed three sold out runs at EST in 2011-12.  Mr. Askins is proud to be an alumnus of I-73, Youngblood, and a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.  He has received two E.S.T./Sloan grants, an Arch and Bruce Davis Award and is one of the 2012 recipients of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights.

Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel previously directed the EST production of Hand to God.  He is the Artistic Director of Studio 42. New York directing credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, Rising Phoenix Rep, poortom, Red Fern, FringeNYC, Vital, Drama League, Culture Project, Chashama, HERE, and others. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center, Millbrook Playhouse, American Stage Festival, Red Barn, Allentown Shakespeare, and Boston Playwrights. Moritz has also helped develop new plays at the Lark, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Ma-Yi, the Kennedy Center, New River Dramatists, Partial Comfort, 2G, TBTB, Williamstown, Astoria Performing Arts Center and Young Playwrights. He is a frequent collaborator with the Youngblood writers’ collective at EST. He was the associate director for Broadway’s Tony-nominated Cry-Baby. He has been a Resident Director at Playwrights Horizons, The Acting Company, and the Huntington Theatre Company. 2005: Drama League’s Fall Directing Fellowship; 2007: Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown. Moritz is an adjunct instructor at Fordham University, and has been a guest director at over a dozen universities, including Juilliard, NYU, Boston University, Fordham, University of Rochester, and Connecticut College.

MCC Theater – founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company – is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would.  Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs that enable nearly 1,200 New York City high school students to find – and use – their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces.  MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2016.  Notable productions include Small Engine Repair; The Other Place; Really Really; The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays; The Pride; Fifty Words; Nixon’s Nixon; The Grey Zone; the Tony Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and eight plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig, Reasons to Be Pretty and last season’s hit Reasons to Be Happy.

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