Hand to God [Staged Reading]
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

By Robert Askins

May 23, 2011

Director: Dylan McCullough
Featuring: Steven Boyer*, Geneva Carr*, Frank Deal*, Kevin O’Donnell*, Amelia Pedlow*
*appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Margery’s got problems. Her husband’s dead. The Pastor thinks she’s cute. She’s got a crush on a 16 year old Nihilist and her son’s puppet is possessed by the devil. Hand to God. Come see what happens when the puppets start to talk for themselves.

Hand to God has had readings through EST’s Youngblood Bloodworks 2010 and P73 173 Readings in 2011.

Playwright Robert Askins

Robert Askins (Playwright) APAC debut. Rob was born in 1980 in Houston. In 1998 he moved Waco Texas. In 2005 he moved to New York City. Since then Rob’s work has been produced in several one-act festivals in Manhattan, the United States and around the world. He also received several commissions, including ones from DiversCity. E.S.T./Sloan, and Living Image Arts. In 2007 Robert’s play The Rotting of Tycho de Brahe was chosen to be presented at the Prague Quadrennial. That same year he won the Arch and Bruce Davis award for playwrighting for a play called Clean Living. In 2008 Broken was performed in Belfast and his original screenplay Hardland was developed in L.A. In 2008 Rob joined Youngblood. In 2009 both Youngblood and 9th and Madison developed Rob’s play Princes of Waco. Rob’s play Everything is Ruthless Everything is Cruel was featured in the 2009 Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival. In January of 2010 Princes of Waco received it’s New York premier at E.S.T. In May Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife was performed as part of E.S.T’s Marathon of one-act plays. Robert is currently a member of I-73, p-73’s playwrighting workshop. This April marked the culmination of a second E.S.T./Sloan grant with the First light Reading of Rob’s new play Smash.

This program is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Dramatist Guild Fund.

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