By Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Motherfucker with the HatFebruary 25, 2014 - March 30, 2014
Directed By Kevin Jones
Recovering addict Jackie, fresh out of jail, is determined to get straight and settle down in NYC with the support of his girl Veronica, his AA sponsor Ralph D, and his loyal cousin Julio until … he finds a hat that isn’t his own left conspicuously behind in his bedroom. His quest to track down the motherfucker with the hat threatens to put him right back where he started. Take a breakneck ride with this poetically profane, kick in the karmic cojones that becomes a raw, touching and thoroughly hilarious dive into the quest for transformation.
THIS PRODUCTION RUNS APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR & 45 MINUTES WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
VIDEO TRAILER! If this cool video sneak peek by Tommy Harrington doesn't convince you to see this show, nothing will...click here!
PLAYBILL! Click here to download the playbill complete with bios, a Q&A with the director and playwright and so much more .
PHOTOS! Click here to check out production photos by Owen Carey.
Join the cast and crew for post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on March 2, 9, 12, 16, 23.
Happy Hours, Surprise nights and discussions oh my! Click here for a full schedule of activities sure to make your theatre experience even more rewarding.
STUDY GUIDE! A great resource for all, download it here.
PRODUCTION HISTORY: The show premiered at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on April 11, 2011. The cast starred Chris Rock in his Broadway debut as Ralph D., with Bobby Cannavale (Jackie), Annabella Sciorra (Victoria), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Veronica) and Yul Vázquez (Cousin Julio). It was directed by Anna D. Shapiro. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2011 including Best Play. The first regional production of the show was at Theaterworks in Hartford, Connecticut, premiering on October 14, 2011. It was produced at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in December 2012 and featured John Ortiz, Jimmy Smits, Sandra Delgado, Gary Perez and Sandra Marquez. So far in 2013 it has been produced at theatres around the country including Washington DC's Studio Theatre, South Coast Repertory, San Francisco Playhouse, Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque and Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY. Artists Rep's production marks its Northwest premiere.
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PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
Richard & Marcy Schwartz
Darci & Charles Swindells
Kris Olson & Les Swanson
PRESENTING SEASON SPONSORS:
"...a slam-bang, balls-out, ferociously funny," - Bob Hicks, ArtsWatch“I was worried about the title and language in the show, but I didn’t even think about it once the play started. Fantastic show in every respect!” - Audience Member
"... a chest-shaking bass line on a sweaty dance floor, a back-alley drug deal, and a broken heart lost in between. It is bombastic, hilarious, and smart, and director Kevin Jones cranks its volume to full with a powerhouse ensemble and direction that is as tight as a Wu-Tang beat." - Aaron Scott, Portland Monthly. Read it here.“It was an amazing mixture of comedy and tragedy. It brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully done!” - Audience Member
"Guirgis' play is funny and surprising and its dialogue punches along with an angry rhythm; it's nice to see a Portland show that has some blood pumping through its veins." - Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury. Read it here.
"BEST show of the season. And I don’t mean just at Artists Rep. I see a lot of theater and this is my favorite show of ANY I’ve seen all season, anywhere.” - Audience Member
"This is a New York City comedy, and director Kevin Jones sets a lively pace to match the urban whirl and keep us delighted and surprised." - Carol Wells for The Oregonian. Read the full review here.
“I loved the characters, every single one of them. Loved it, loved it loved it!” - Audience member
“Brilliant ensemble. They were all phenomenal performers.” - Audience member
“Incredible direction. It showed in everything about the play, from the cohesive acting to the music to the transitions and everything else.” - Audience member
"A high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery." - Broadwayworld.com
"Hysterical and irreverent." - New Yorker
"Funny and unflinching…fierce and affecting."
"Fast, flashy, and tremendously assured… absolutely masterful."
"Brand new way to look at love and addiction…bold, compassionate, highly articulate and deceptive Stephen Adly Guirgis drama." — Chicago Tribune
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