From the Artistic Director: HAND TO GOD

On a mild summer afternoon in 2015 I stepped out of the Booth Theatre onto the sidewalk along W. 45th St. in New York City. I turned on my cell phone and immediately sent a message to Dobama Managing Director Julie Friedman. I texted “At intermission for HAND TO GOD. A really tight script and the funniest first act I’ve seen. We have to do this play.” So, here we are about 18 months later and this hilarious dark comedy has hit the Dobama stage, ready to possess audiences with its sinful story and devastating one-liners.

To do this show right, you need a skilled cast and a top-notch creative team. We’re lucky to have just that for this production. As with all the scripts Dobama produces each season, it takes some of the region’s most skilled theatre professionals to bring it to life and give our audiences the first-class theatre experience they’ve come to expect from Dobama Theatre. We are grateful for the support of our patrons and community sponsors who make producing high quality professional theatre in an intimate venue possible.

Much like Tyrone, the devilish sock puppet at the center of Robert Askins' play, HAND TO GOD began cute, small, and unassuming before an unexpected and rapid ascent to become larger than life with a 36 week run on Broadway. Further proving the play’s popularity, this past fall Theatre Communications Group announced that HAND TO GOD would be the most produced play in American professional theatres this season. This raucous show is entertaining and irreverent from start to finish – a great way to end Dobama’s 16/17 Season.

We’re excited to also announce an added show this summer, the World Premiere of HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE by Greg Vovos, running June 15-July 2, starring Christopher Bohan. You won’t want to miss this humorous and harrowing true story based on a series of interviews with a survivor of heroin addiction from right here in Northeast Ohio.

In your program you’ll find our dynamic 17/18 Season, an eclectic lineup of exciting new plays that you’ll definitely want to be a part of. Consider becoming a Dobama Member, or making a season-ending donation to the theatre so that we finish 16/17 strong. Most of all, help spread the word about Dobama Theatre, Cleveland’s own off-Broadway theatre. You make all we do possible and will see to it that Dobama sustains its important work as we look ahead to our 60th Season and beyond.

With Love & Respect,