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Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

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Performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated production of The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis began last month. Ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro directs following the Tony Award-nominated Broadway premiere, with an all-star ensemble cast featuring Sandra Delgado, Sandra Marquez, Gary Perez, John Ortiz and Jimmy Smits and members of the original design team: scenic designer Todd Rosenthal, lighting designer Donald Holder and composer Terence Blanchard. Get a first look at the actors onstage in the photos below!

The Motherf**ker with the Hat began previews December 28, 2012 (Opening Night is tomorrow night, January 6, 2013; Press Performances are January 5 at 3pm and January 8 at 7:30pm) and runs through March 3, 2013 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). This play contains adult language.

Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica-until Jackie spots another man's hat in their apartment and embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance. Fast-paced and uproarious, Mother is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions.

The cast of The Motherf**ker with the Hat features Sandra Delgado as Veronica, Sandra Marquez as Victoria, Gary Perez as Cousin Julio, John Ortiz as Jackie and Jimmy Smits as Ralph D. The production team includes: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Linda Roethke (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design) and Terence Blanchard (original music). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Matt Hawkins (fight choreographer), Cecilie O'Reilly (voice coach) Kim Osgood (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America's longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces-the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf's Board of Trustees.

Tickets to The Motherf**ker with the Hat ($20 - $86) are currently on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
John Ortiz as Jackie

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Jackie (John Ortiz) takes his sponsor, Ralph D. (Jimmy Smits) to visit his Cousin Julio.

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Veronica (Sandra Delgado) leaps into Jackie's (John Ortiz) arms when he tells her that he found a job

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Sandra Delgado as Veronica

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Couson Julio (Gary Perez) cooks breakfast for Jackie (John Ortiz).

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Sandra Marquez as Victoria and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at John Ortiz and More in Steppenwolf's THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

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