Villagers Theatre announces open auditions
for its
2019-2020 season opening
production of


Robert Askins

Directed by
Mark Kalet

Audition Dates

Monday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 10
at 7:30pm

Callbacks by invitation only on
Thursday, July 11 at 7:30pm

Performance Dates

September 13 to 22, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm


Auditions and performances will be held at Villagers Theatre
475 DeMott Lane, Somerset NJ 08873


After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and--most especially--his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason's puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.


Auditioners MUST be 18 years old or older
and are STRONGLY advised
to read the play before auditioning.

Character List
(all ethnicities welcome)

Jason Male, 18+ to play 17: Seemingly mild-mannered and polite; retiring, inarticulate, and shy; has an alter-ego hand puppet who is extremely aggressive, foul-mouthed, shameless, and highly articulate. Expert puppetry skills and character voices required.

Margery Female, 40s: Jason's mother; a jittery woman trying desperately to keep her family and life together after the death of her husband; has a warm and passionate nature, but seems like a powder keg about to explode, and when it does, an aggressive sexuality comes flooding out.

Jessica Female, 18+ to play 17: A complicated young woman trapped in a small town with small ideas; smart, though somewhat introverted; does not suffer fools gladly.

Timothy Male, 18+ to play 17: A troubled kid, caught in survival mode at having to negotiate his dysfunctional family; he protects his fragility by forgoing any impulse control; probably in 'special classes' because of his behavior problems.

Pastor Greg Male, 40s-50s; tries valiantly to fulfill his duties as the shepherd of his flock; seemingly supportive; underneath, however, it is clear that his altruism is fueled by needy loneliness; he has his meltdown point, and, out of nowhere, violence can flare up.

Liability/Photo Release form

All those auditioning must agree to and sign the Villagers Liability/Photo Release form found at: