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Hand to God

By Robert Askins




Tom Hendry Warehouse

"...Funny as hell..." -CBC

"Play proves to be as thoughtful as it is shocking" -Winnipeg Free Press 

"Royal MTC's 'Hand To God' Promises the 'Outrageous, 'Horrific'"- ChrisD.ca

Who needs the devil on your shoulder when you have a holy terror on your left hand? As one of the malcontent teens in his mom's Christian puppet ministry, Jason tries to be a good son. But his foul-mouthed sock puppet, Tyrone, has other ideas.

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR, 45 MINS (INCLUD. INTERMISSION)
WARNING: MATURE CONTENT, STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, SEXUALITY, HAZE & FOG, PUPPETS BEHAVING BADLY

PRODUCTION SPONSOR

Deborah Gray


TOM HENDRY WAREHOUSE SEASON SPONSOR

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Actors

Margery Stevens Sharon Bajer

Sharon Bajer

ROYAL MTC Late Company, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Seagull, A Christmas Story, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Top Girls, Steel Magnolias, Humble Boy, Of Mice and Men (with Citadel), Six Degrees of Separation (with CS), Angels in America, Les Belles-Soeurs, Our Country’s Good, Romeo and Juliet (TFYA).

OTHER THEATRE Over 25 years of performing and directing at PTE, MTYP, Rainbow Stage, Adhere and Deny, Winnipeg Fringe and Masterworks Festivals, as well as across Canada, Europe and Israel.

TRAINING Studio 58, Michael Langham Workshop in Classical Direction (2 seasons, Stratford Festival). Director-in-Residence (Rainbow Stage 2014). Stratford Festival International Directing Master Class 2016.

ET CETERA Sharon is the playwright of Molly’s Veil, Burnin’ Love and Hersteria and a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit. She would like to thank CancerCare Manitoba, the AFC, Yoga Public and all of her family and friends for helping get her through this year and back on stage! sharonbajer.com.

Timothy Toby Hughes

Toby Hughes

ROYAL MTC The Hound of the Baskervilles, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Richard III, Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Henry V (SIR); The Valley (PTE); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (District Theatre Collective); Edward II, The Cherry Orchard (TBTR); Le Jardin (Cercle Molière); The Hobbit, The House at Pooh Corner, Liars (MTYP); The Walworth Farce (Incompletely Strangled).

FILM/TV The Pinkertons, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

TRAINING The University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Toby is an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare in the Ruins and a founding member of the musical improv company Outside Joke.

Jessica Amy Keating

Amy Keating

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Passion Play, Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); The Public Servant (Common Boots); Wormwood (Tarragon); I, Claudia (TiFT); The Amish Project (GreenLight Arts); New Jerusalem (HGJT); After Miss Julie (RedOne Theatre); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep); Loyal Ronin: The Working Girls’ Version (Spotlight Japan, CS); Inside (Appledor Productions); The Importance of Being Earnest (Capitol Theatre). Upcoming: Amy will play the role of Gemma in A City with Necessary Angel in Toronto.

TV Killjoys.

TRAINING BA (Honors) Drama from the University of Alberta.

ET CETERA Amy is a Dora-nominated actor, and founding member and company manager of Outside the March. She is delighted to be making her debut at Royal MTC with Hand to God!!!

Jason Stevens Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Unnecessary Farce, The Seagull, Gone With the Wind, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, A Christmas Carol.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II, Three Sisters (zone41); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone); Ring of Fire (Rainbow); The Power of Harriet T, New Canadian Kid (MTYP); White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM); One Man, Two Guvnors (TC); The Comedy of Errors (SIR); Edward II (TBTR).

FILM/TV Selected: The Pinkertons, The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, Bunks!, Zooey and Adam, Men with Brooms, Less Than Kind, House Party, Something Beneath, The Crooked E, Inertia.

ET CETERA Also a musician, his duo Heavy Bell will be releasing their album By Grand Central Station (based on the poetic novel by Elizabeth Smart) this year.

Pastor Greg Cory Wojcik

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County.

OTHER THEATRE Butcher (PTE); West Side Story, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); Strike! The Musical (Danny Schur); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit Productions).

FILM/TV A Dog’s Purpose, The Pinkertons, Mad Ship.

ET CETERA Cory will also be appearing in Kill Me Now next at the Tom Hendry Warehouse.

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Artistic Team

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Director Mitchell Cushman

Mitchell Cushman

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Founding Artistic Director of Outside the March immersive theatre company, where his directing credits include TomorrowLoveTM, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Vitals, Passion Play, Terminus, Mr. Marmalade. Five seasons at the Stratford Festival, where he directed Breath of Kings, Possible Worlds and the upcoming Treasure Island. Other favourite credits: BRANTWOOD (Sheridan College); Lessons in Temperament (SummerWorks); New Jerusalem (HGJT); I’m Doing This For You, Oh My Irma (Never Mind the Noise); I, Claudia, The Last of Romeo and Juliet (TiFT).

TRAINING MFA in Directing, University of Alberta.

ET CETERA Siminovitch Protégé Award; two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production; Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Director; Ken McDougal Award.

Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow

Gillian Gallow

ROYAL MTC Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, with TC).

OTHER THEATRE The Physicists, The Three Musketeers (costumes), Hirsch (set/costumes) (Stratford); King Lear, Stuff Happens (set/costumes, NAC); Mary Poppins (costumes, Citadel/TC); Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary, Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Night, The Road to Paradise (set/costumes, Human Cargo); Appetite (set/costumes, Volcano/TPM); The Mill (set, Theatrefront). Upcoming: Louis Riel (costumes, COC); An Octoroon (Shaw).

TRAINING York University, BFA.

ET CETERA Gillian is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards.

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
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Puppet Designer/Builder Marcus Jamin

Marcus Jamin

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Twelfth Night (NAC); Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (Kidoons); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Outside the March). Marcus has also held the role of resident workshop assistant for Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes since 2011.

FILM/TV Oh Yuck.

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA Marcus received the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for best design for his work on Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Outside the March).

Sound Designer Chris Brett

Chris Brett

ROYAL MTC 23.5 Hours, Things We Do For Love, Myth of the Ostrich.

TEACHING Chris has taught Audio Engineering at Mid Ocean Recording, Ambience Professional and Studio 11.

ET CETERA Chris is a music composer as well as an audio engineer, music producer and sound designer.

Fight Director Jacquie Loewen

Jacquie Loewen

ROYAL MTC Fight Director: 23.5 Hours, Unnecessary Farce, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Private Lives, A Christmas Story, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer. Actor: Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Top Girls. Assistant Director: Other People’s Money.

OTHER THEATRE Selected fight directing: The Flood Thereafter (CS); Shakespeare’s Rebel – assistant (Bard on the Beach); Tosca, Carmen (Manitoba Opera); Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); All Restaurant Fires Are Arson (PTE).

TEACHING Jacqueline has taught stage combat at U of W, U of M, MTYP and PTE.

ET CETERA Jacqueline is very pleased to be working with both Royal MTC and such fine performers.

Dialect Coach Shannon Vickers

Shannon Vickers

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish), Myth of the Ostrich, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Woman in Black, Private Lives, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Good People, The Secret Annex, Venus in Fur, Gone With the Wind, August: Osage County, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Top Girls, Steel Magnolias.

OTHER THEATRE Voice/Text/Dialect Coaching: DAI (Enough) (WJT); Village Wooing (zone41); Bingo! (PTE); The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM/SAC); The Merry Wives of Windsor (SIR); Fen (Sarasvàti); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CS).

TRAINING/TEACHING Shannon earned an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy at the University of Alberta. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg and is a certified Associate Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.

Apprentice Set & Costume Designer Eric Dizon

Eric Dizon

ROYAL MTC Million Dollar Quartet.

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Heavenly Bodies (Winnipeg Fringe).

ET CETERA Originally from the field of communication design, Eric took the leap this year to pursue his passion for theatre arts. Eric is deeply grateful for having been made so welcome in the theatre community. Special thanks to Gillian Gallow, the incredible team of Hand to God and Royal MTC for generously sharing their knowledge of the craft.

Stage Manager Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan

ROYAL MTC Assistant Stage Manager: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (with Citadel), Chimerica (with CS), Clever Little Lies, The Glass Menagerie, Other People’s Money. Apprentice Stage Manager: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, In the Next Room or THE VIBRATOR PLAY, The Shunning, Brief Encounter, The Seafarer, Steel Magnolias. Props: Gone With the Wind.

OTHER THEATRE Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II (zone41); Richard III (SIR); Heathers: The Musical (WST); Iceland (TPM).

TRAINING B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Production and Stage Management at the University of Winnipeg.

ET CETERA Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. Enjoy the show!

Production Assistant Brett Mikulik

Brett Mikulik

ROYAL MTC The Hound of the Baskervilles (Regional Tour), Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

OTHER THEATRE The Jungle Book (MTYP); Shrek The Musical, Ring of Fire, Sister Act, West Side Story, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow); Little Thing, Big Thing, Playing with Fire (PTE); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Into the Woods (District Theatre Collective); The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg); Rosalind, The Sea, Juno and the Paycock, The Philadelphia Story (Shaw); Closer Than Ever (Dry Cold); Angels in America: Perestroika (WJT); Ste. Carmen of the Main, Cyrano, The Blue Room (U of W); Fresher, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Little Shop of Horrors (WST).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film, Shaw Festival Apprenticeship Program.

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Extras

"...Funny as hell..." - CBC
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"Play proves to be as thoughtful as it is shocking" - Winnipeg Free Press 
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"Royal MTC's 'Hand To God' Promises the 'Outrageous, 'Horrific'" - ChrisD.ca
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"When preachy puppets go bad'" - Winnipeg Free Press
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"Flat out hilarious" - The New York Times  
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"...puppet show is a filthy triumph..." - The Guardian 
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"Robert Askins Hand to God Deserves a Big Hand"- Huffington Post 
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Q&A with Robert Askins- Blouin Art Info
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