Robert Askins’ black comedy

Director and translator: Kārlis Krūmiņš
Performers: Agris Krapivņickis, Mārtiņš Gailis, Alīda Pērkone, Elizabete Skrastiņa, Māris Skrodis
Set and costume design: Laura Jančauska
Puppet design: Alīda Pērkone
Light design: Dainis Sumišķis
Lighting operator: Dina Beināre
Sound engineer: Normunds Balodis
Produced by: Creative Practice Centre of the Latvian Academy of Culture
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

This performance contains coarse and sexually explicit language. “Hand to God” is recommended for ages 16+.

Created with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council and the Latvian Academy of Culture.

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The members of a theatre club are putting on a puppet theatre production, when suddenly one of the puppets comes to life and starts acting inappropriately. The foul-mouthed puppet says everything that comes to its mind, surprising even the puppeteer, as well as his schoolmates and teacher. The puppet crosses any and all lines, dragging the other characters into an affair that blurs the boundary between good and evil.
American playwright Robert Askins in his irreverent puppet comedy “Hand to God” plays with the idea that there is something of both good and evil in humans, though it would be expected for both of these sides to remain in balance according to societal norms. In 2014 the play received the Off Broadway Alliance Award as Best New Play. Later it was produced on Broadway and in London. The London production received five Tony nominations, including for Best New Play.

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