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Hartwick College Theatre Arts Department Presents “Hand to God”

March 12, 2018

The Hartwick College Theatre Arts Department announces its spring production of “Hand to God,” by Robert Askins. Performances will run April 11-14 at 8 p.m., in Slade Theatre, Yager Hall, on the College campus.

Set in the basement of a church in Cypress, TX, “Hand to God” follows the story of a troubled teenage boy, Jason, and his relationships with his pastor, the girl next door, the school bully, and, most importantly, his mother. Jason seeks comfort and refuge in his friend, Tyrone, who just happens to be a puppet that never leaves Jason’s hand, however things take a turn for the worse when Tyrone takes on a personality of his own. Dramatists Play Service notes that, “‛Hand to God’ explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.”

Please note, this production contains adult themes. Parental guidance is suggested.

“Hand to God” is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Marc Shaw. The show also features the scenic design of Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Nathan Elsener, lighting design by Instructor/Technical Director Gary Burlew, and costume design by Madison Noel ’20.

The cast includes Marcus Hudson ’19, Abigail Vermeal ’19, Allison Taft ’21, Dillon Orlando ’21, and Nelson Cruz-Collazo ’22. The production is stage managed by Alyssa Ralph ’17, with assistance from Maya Pomazal-Flanders ’21.

Admission is $5 for all Hartwick students, faculty, and staff members, and $10 for the general public. To reserve tickets, call 607-431-4227, or email

For additional information, contact Production Manager/Academic Intern Alyssa Ralph at