About the Author: Robert Askins

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 EST, and Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011.

“HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.” —New York Daily News.

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, an Arch and Bruce Davis Award, and is one of the 2012 recipients of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights. His newest play Permission made its world premiere off-Broadway in spring 2015 at MCC Theater. His play Fish Display was part of the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference and Permission was part of the 2014 conference.

See Hand to God October 17-22 at CCBC Essex, Arts and Humanities Hall, in the Studio Theatre. This location has limited seating. Due to the nature of performance no late seating will be permitted. There will be no intermission.

Please note: Hand to God contains adult language, sexual content, and scenes of violence and religious blasphemy that may be offensive or triggering to some viewers. Adult audiences only.

Performance Dates:   October 17 at 11:10 a.m., October 17, 18, 19 at 7 p.m., October 20 at 3 p.m. (ASL Interpreted), October 21 at 10 a.m., and October 22 at 2:20 p.m. Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at 443-840-ARTS.

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