In Robert Askins’ Hand to God, a hand puppet named Tyrone takes possession of shy teenager Jason’s arm, putting Jason’s relationships with the town pastor, his high school crush, and his own mother in jeopardy. In the play, Harrison Bryan plays Jason and Tyrone in a tour de force performance that requires extraordinary focus, skill, and comedic timing. We met with Harrison to talk about his love of … Continue reading For the Love of Tyrone
While celebrity puppets like Elmo, Pinocchio, Kermit, Lamb Chop, Topo Gigio, Howdy Doody, and more have captured the innocent hearts and imaginations of children for generations, the puppet is no longer a mouthpiece exclusively for young audiences. Like Hand to God, here are a few other shows starring puppets that were created for adult eyes and ears only: Avenue Q Winner of the TONY “Triple … Continue reading Roll Over Pinocchio, Puppets Aren’t Just for Kids
The very first Tyrone puppet built for Hand to God was constructed by Steven Boyer, the first actor to have a hand at playing troubled protagonist, Jason. Playwright Robert Askins was born in Cypress, TX, the setting for the play. In 2016, Hand to God became the most produced new play in America. The Boston Globe described playwright Askins as a writer who “wraps his … Continue reading Did You Know?
By Jenna Tensor and Becca Jennings Socks, felt, buttons, and yarn. These simple items are anything but sinister, right? But add in some teenage angst and a dash of “the devil made me do it,” and you might have a nightmare on your hands. Specifically, a nefarious, obscenity-slinging, flesh-hungry sock puppet named Tyrone. Being a teenager is hard. And for shy, inquisitive Jason, who recently … Continue reading Salvation Out of Hand
In Robert Askins’ Hand to God, a hand puppet named Tyrone takes possession of shy teenager Jason’s arm, putting Jason’s relationships with the town pastor, his high school crush, and his own mother in jeopardy. In the play, Brenny Rabine plays Margery, Jason’s mother, whose fiery gusto and unrelenting efforts to gain a sense of control after her husband dies cause comedic mishaps. We met with Brenny to … Continue reading Does Mama Know Best?