The Motherfucker with the Hat
February 25, 2014 - March 30, 2014
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
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.
Northwest Premiere • Tony-nominated Broadway & regional theatre sensation


Veronica   Diana DeLaCruz* 
Jackie  John San Nicolas*
Ralph D.  Victor Mack*
Victoria Val Landrum*
Cousin Julio   Gilberto Martin del Campo+






Scenic Designer  Tal Sanders
Costume Designer Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Lighting Designer  Peter West
Composer/Sound Designer   Sharath Patel
Props Designer Natalie Heikkinen
Dialect Coach Mary McDonald-Lewis
Fight Director Jonathan Cole
Stage Manager   Tozzi McDowell* 
Production Manager Michelle Jazuk*
Production Assistant Bailey Anne Maxwell+






*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
+Equity Membership Candidate
^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Have you seen the work of local artists adorning the beautiful walls of our Morrison Lobby? The rotating installations reflect or are inspired by the work we have on our stages. For The Motherfucker With the Hat, The Geezer Gallery and Open Door Gallery collaborated to curate the diverse installation, OUTLAW?: The Photography of Eve Crane.
Check our more about the work on OUR GALLERY page here.

VIDEO TRAILER! If this cool video sneak peek by Tommy Harrington doesn't convince you to see this show, nothing 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.

Click here to read a detailed synopsis of The Motherf**ker with the Hat. SPOILER ALERT!

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.

Stephen Adly Guirgis
is the co-artistic director and proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been performed on five continents and throughout the United States: Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange were all produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Judas and Little Flower were co-productions with the Public Theater. Other plays include Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho and the upcoming Untitled/St. Paul play. UK and regional premieres include the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier nom.); the Almeida (dir. Rupert Goold); the Arts, the Hampstead, Edinburgh (Fringe First Award) and two Midwest Premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre. Stephen is a New Dramatists alumnus, MCC Playwrights and Ojai Playwrights member. TV writing credits include NBC’s UC: Undercover, David Milch’s CBS drama Big Apple, NYPD Blue and The Sopranos.

Kevin E. Jones is happy and honored to be returning to Artist Rep and working under the inspired vision and leadership of Dámaso Rodriguez. Most recently, Jones directed August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Artists Rep, and at Profile Theatre Romulus Linney’s A Lesson Before Dying and Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, which won a Drammy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role. Prior to that, Jones directed the highly acclaimed production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Portland Playhouse. Kevin is the principal conjurer and co-creator of The August Wilson Red Door Project – an organization that uses art as a catalyst to transform the racial ecology of Portland. He has enjoyed working on the American stage for more than 30 years. Regional theaters include American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Asolo Theatre in Saratoga, Florida, Florida Studio Theatre, Fountain Theatre (LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Actor in a Lead Role); Los Angeles Theatre Center, East West Players (LA Drama Critics Circle award for Actor in a Supporting Role); Great Lakes Shakespeare, Magic Theatre, in San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and The Stanford Actor’s Project. Locally he has performed at Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage, Third Rail Repertory and Portland Playhouse where he received a Drammy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role for his heartwarming performance of Old Joe in Radio Golf  by August Wilson. His TV and film credits include Dr. Quinn, Say Uncle, Deadly Outbreak, War Games, Sweet Valley High and The Bachelor 

Dates: February 25 - March 30
Performances: Wednesdays - Sundays @ 7:30pm & Sundays @ 2pm
Opening Night is Saturday, March 1

Richard & Marcy Schwartz
Darci & Charles Swindells
Kris Olson & Les Swanson

Karl & Linda Boekelheide


 The Oregonian

The Reviews...

"...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." -

"Hysterical and irreverent." - New Yorker

"Funny and unflinching…fierce and affecting."
–Daily Herald

"Fast, flashy, and tremendously assured… absolutely masterful."
–Chicago Reader

"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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