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Scott Hitz, Puppet Director, will talk about "Puppet Hitztory"

Reception at 6:30
Talk at 6:45

Hand to God
By Robert Askins
Sep 4 - 25, 2016

Director: Rachel Lampert
With: Karl Gregory*, Montana Lampert Hoover*, Aundre Seals, Erica Steinhagen*, and Michael Trimm
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Adult language and situations. Recommended for ages 16+
SYNOPSIS

Wildly Irreverent In the quiet town of Cypress, Texas, recently widowed Margery takes over the church puppet club. But when one puppet is possessed by the devil, there are wildly funny and deliciously devastating consequences. This hilarious play was nominated for five Tony Awards. Outrageous!

REVIEWS

“[Askins makes] us laugh while juggling those big themes that make life so terrifying: death, depression, alcoholism; sexual guilt; emotional repression; religious hypocrisy; and the eternal battle between your good puppet and your bad puppet.” ~Variety

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CREATIVE TEAM

ROBERT ASKINS (Playwright) was born in Cypress Texas in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. His Obie Award-winning play Hand to God enjoyed a 2014 run Off-Broadway at MCC Theater after three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2011-2012. 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 the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011. Mr. Askins is proud to be an alumnus of I-73, Youngblood, and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has received two EST/Sloan grants, and an Arch and Bruce Davis Award for Playwriting and is one of the 2012 recipients of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights. His play Permission opened at MCC Theater in May 2015.

RACHEL LAMPERT (Director) Kitchen Theatre Company director credits include: Frankie & Johnny in the Clare de Lune, Miss Julie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Price, Our Town, Our David, Broke-ology, Swimming in the Shallows, A Delicate Balance, Talley's Folley, Master Class, Lonely Planet, Venus in Fur among others. A My Name is Alice (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos, The Sisters Rosensweig, Sweeney Todd (Hangar Theatre), Swimming in the Shallows (Cal Rep), West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof (Mill Mountain Theatre). See full Artistic Director bio here.

SCOTT HITZ (Puppet Director) is a Director, Producer, Puppeteer, and educator whose work has been seen worldwide. His company, PuppHitz, is dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry and to expanding the idea of what that art form can do. Scott was also a co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions where he still serves as an Associate Artist and Producer from time to time.  His work has been seen on television: TV Funhouse (Comedy Central), The Book of Pooh (The Disney Channel), Mother Goose Jams (Sprout), and on stage: Avenue Q (Vineyard Theater, NYC), Bunnicula (The Arden Theater, Philadelphia), Little Shop of Horrors (Ford’s Theater, Washington DC), Animal Farm (Synapse Theatre, NYC).  Directing and writing credits include: Carnival of the Animals (Philadelphia Orchestra), Orchestra 2000 (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Little Shop of Horrors (Associate Director, Hangar Theatre), Spring (Sprout Television). Scott has also been honored with the position of Artist in Residence at the Eugene O’Neil Theater Center summer puppetry program, where he began work on his stage adaptation of The Little Prince, which premiered at Cape May Stage in NJ and eventually played at the New Victory Theatre on 42nd street in NYC. His work has taken him to Korea as part of the Chunchon International Festival for Puppetry, and he has also been the recipient of a Henson seed grant for his production Ursa Major: The Voice of the Bear. He is very excited to be working with such an incredible cast, and extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Rachel Lampert on her final season as Artistic Director at the Kitchen.

KENT GOETZ (Scenic Design) is a professor at Cornell’s Department of Theatre, Film & Dance and the Resident Scene Designer at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Previous designs for KTC include sets for  LONELY PLANET, HEROES, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY AT THE CLAIRE DE LUNE, RED LIGHT WINTER, PRIVATE LIVES, CHESAPEAKE, SECRET ORDER, I BECAME A GUITAR, STRANGERHORSE, A MARRIAGE MINUET,  and DRUNKEN CITY. Other institutions for which he has designed include the Asolo Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, TheatreSquared, Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Skylight Opera, Body Politic Theatre, American Musical Theatre, Maine State Musical Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Hangar Theatre. He has also served as a scenic artist at the Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Opera and the Julliard School. Prior to Cornell Kent taught theatre design at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Erik Herskowitz

ERIK HERSKOWITZ (Lighting Design) is a freelance lighting designer based out of New York City. Recent KTC credits include Paloma, and assistant lighting designer for Buyer & Cellar. His designs can also be seen at Dixon Place, Cider Mill Playhouse, Wells College, and Ithaca College. Recent assistant designs include places such as Barrington Stage Company and The Westport Playhouse. Erik is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.F.A in Theatrical Production Arts.

Lisa Boquist

LISA BOQUIST (Costume Design) has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary’s Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, Nine Parts Of Desire, and Precious Nonsense. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.

LESLEY GREENE (Sound Design)

KATIE McGEORGE (Puppet Builder)

CAST

Karl Gregory

KARL GREGORY (Jason/Tyrone) Previous NYC credits: From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre, GLAAD Media Award), FROGS (Fault Line Theatre), Mother's Day (FringeNYC Encore Series), BecauseHeCan (Personal Space Theatrics), The Servant of Two Masters (PS122). Regional: Ever So Humble, The 39 Steps (Hangar Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (SFSTL), The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep). Karl was a Resident Company member with Kitchen Theatre Company for five seasons, in over 40 productions. Favorite shows include: Buyer & Cellar, Peter and the Starcatcher, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Fully Committed (SALT Award), SantaLand Diaries, Swimming In The Shallows, The Drunken City, as well as title roles in A Perfect Ganesh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters. TV: ALPHA HOUSE. Karl recently wrapped filming on Season One of NIGHTCAP starring Ali Wentworth. NIGHTCAP premeires this fall on PopTV! He is also in a new webseries called "Precious Cargo" - you can find the links on his website below. Karl is an Award-Winning Actor, as well as an Award-Winning Bartender. Go figure. BFA- Syracuse University, MFA- Brown/Trinity Rep. He and his husband, Andrew, now split their time between NYC and Ithaca. www.karlgregory.com

Montana Lampert Hoover

MONTANA LAMPERT HOOVER (Jessica/Jolene) is proud to be making her mainstage debut at Kitchen Theatre Company. She was last seen in Rachel Lampert's And Lately! as part of the 2013/14 season. Recent theatre credits include: Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), Out There! (Bluelaces Theatre Co.), ERIK! (FrigidFest 2015), Venus in Fur  and Othello(Sarah Lawrence College), Hamlet and Cymbeline (Oval Theatre, London). Montana graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014 and attended the British American Drama Academy in 2012/13. You can follow her @mlamperthoover or on her website. website.
www.montanalamperthoover.com  

Aundre Seals

AUNDRE SEALS (Pastor Greg) After living and working in NYC for 8 years, Aundre just recently moved to Ithaca in September of 2015, where he was welcomed with open arms to the Kitchen Theatre Company family and cast in his first production with KTC as Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher, and then in I Have a Song to Sing O! shortly after. He was most recently seen in Cider Mill's production of Urinetown, as Officer Lockstock. While working in NYC as the Artistic Director of madCAP collecTIVE he produced and directed the NYC Premier of CARTOON by Steve Yockey at the National Comedy Theatre. Aundre served as Associate Director / Company Member with By The Mummers, a NYC based company that creates new shows and scripts through improv and focused character building. His credits with BTM include Winterland, L8 and BLOOD. BLOOD, a new musical written by the company members of BTM, was selected and produced with the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011; in which Aundre served as director for the production. Some of his favorite NYC acting credits: Marat/Sade, The Butterfingers Angel, Smurfs and Twelfth Night. BFA Acting, with a focus in Direction and BA Comparative Literature, SUNY Fredonia.

Erica Steinhagen

ERICA STEINHAGEN (Margery) is thrilled to be back at the KTC to help celebrate Rachel's final season. She recently tackled the intense solo play White Rabbit Red Rabbit for The Cherry Arts. Other credits include Stage Kiss (SHE) at the Cider Mill Playhouse; The Best of Kathy and Mo, Wider than the Sky, and Antigone with Civic Ensemble. Erica premiered her one-woman cabaret Imagine My Surprise at the Hangar Theatre in 2012. NYC: The Metropolis Opera Company's world premiere electronica opera One Hot Kitchen. Favorites include Dana in the world premiere of Ever So Humble at the Hangar Theatre; Melissa in the world premiere of The Drunken City at Kitchen Theatre Company; and The Unfortunates, a one-woman play by Aoise Stratford. Rachel Lampert's Precious Nonsense (Josephine), Bed No Breakfast (Chance), and Tony and the Soprano (Frances). Also at the KTC, Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! (Margherita); Nora (Christine Linde); Bed and Sofa (Ludmilla); The Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina). At the Hangar, The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta); Cats (Jellylorum); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); and My Fair Lady. Regionally, The Drowsy Chaperone, and several Gilbert and Sullivan and operatic ingenues. For my tribe. workhardandbenicetopeople

Michael Patrick Trimm

MICHAEL PATRICK TRIMM (Timothy) This is Michael's first experience working with Kitchen Theatre Company. Other regional theater credits include Hotspur in Henry IV with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, and Rodger in the original production of Everything is Fine with Prime Stage Theater. Michael is a 2016 BFA Acting Graduate from Ithaca College. Michaelpatricktrimm.com


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