Big laughs, foul language and bad behavior are front and center in Flying Anvil Theatre’s bold new production, Hand to God, by Robert Askins. An off-Broadway hit, critics have called the show “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist.”
Recent UT graduate Keegan Tucker plays Jason, a student participant in a Christian Puppet Ministry who tries to avoid life’s temptations. But when his foul-mouthed sock puppet Tyrone begins to encourage those around him to give in to their urges and desires, Jason must question everything he knows.
Director Jayne Morgan says the show isn’t for all audiences. “The language definitely pushes the envelope. But the script explores what happens when we refuse to acknowledge and deal with our dark side, in an absurdly funny way."
“We’re warning people not to bring the kids,” Morgan continues. “Our Board had many disagreements, I mean, discussions about doing this challenging play, but ultimately we decided it was worth the risk. We think adventurous audiences will think so too.”
The cast also includes Ashley Guthrie Baker, Steve Trigg, Andrew Carlile and Mary McGarr. Puppet design is by Leah Chance. Sets are designed by David Hutto, lighting by Jordan Vera and props by Jan Valenti. Flying Anvil Theatre is known for doing a full season of new and unusual plays ands musicals.
The show opens with a Pay What You Can Preview on Thursday, October 10, with an official opening with after-party on Friday, Oct 11, and runs through October 27. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00. Tickets are $22 and $24, and students with an I.D. are $10. Or to make reservations, call 865-357-1309. Flying Anvil Theatre is located at 1300 Rocky Hill Rd, behind the Rocky Hill Shopping Center.