THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Plays State Theatre Centre, Jan 17-Feb 3
Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He's also still passionately in love with his coke- addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica.
Ralph D. is Jackie's smooth-talking, shifty Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. He's married to the jaded and sharp- tongued Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie. And then there's Jackie's cousin Julio, a stand-up, "stand by me" kind of guy.
When Jackie finds a man's hat in the flat he shares with Veronica, his jealousy spirals out of control and mayhem ensues.
Set amongst New York's Puerto Rican community, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a mix between a sit com, Hispanic telenovela and true crime documentary. It's hysterical, irreverent and as foul-mouthed as it is funny.
Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play (2011) and three Drama Desk Awards (2011). Part of the FRINGEWORLD Festival 2013.
This West Australian Premiere features Fayssal Bazzi, Austin Castiglione, Rhoda Lopez, Kenneth Ransom, and Alison van Reeken, with director Adam Mitchell, set & costume designer Bryan Woltjen, lighting designer Trent Suidgeest and sound designer James Luscombe.
Performances play the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA. Duration 1 hr 35 mins [no interval]. WARNING: Extremely frequent coarse language, explicit sexual descriptions, drug use and adult themes and possible nudity.
Ticket Prices* Standard $40. Groups 8+ $35. Tickets through ticketek.com.au, Ticketek outlets or 1300 795 012 Groups 8+ 1300 364 001 [*A service/delivery fee also applies].
Guirgis is the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father. He was raised on New York City's Upper West Side. He attended school in nearby Harlem and went to college in Albany, New York, graduating in 1992 from University at Albany, SUNY.
The Little Flower of East Orange, starring Ellen Burstyn and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, completed an extended run at The Public Theater. Other plays include Our Lady of 121st Street (10 best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Laurence Olivier Nomination for London's Best New Play), In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 best, Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly), produced by LAByrinth in collaboration with The Public Theater in 2005. On May 10, 2008 Judas Iscariot completed a critically acclaimed run in London at the Almeida Theater. All five plays were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. They are published by Dramatists Play Service as well as by Faber and Faber. Guirgis' one act play, Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho, was directed by Adam Rapp as part of the ????2006 E.S.T. Marathon. His newest play, The Motherfucker With the Hat premiered in New York City on Broadway in the spring of 2011 and featured Bobby Cannavale and Chris Rock.[He is writing a screenplay based on the life of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith for Scott Rudin Productions.
Television writing credits include NYPD Blue, David Milch's short-lived CBS drama Big Apple, The Sopranos, and Shane Salerno's short-lived NBC series UC: Undercover. Stephen was awarded a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career, a 2006 Whiting Award, and a 2004 TCG fellowship. He attended the 2004 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, and was named one of 2004's 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.
Guirgis is the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Repertory. He is a member of New Dramatists, MCC's Playwright's Coalition, New River Dramatists, Primary Stages, and The Actor's Studio Playwright/Directors Unit. He developed and directed Liza Colón-Zayas' Sistah Supreme for Danny Hoch's Hip Hop Theater Festival, Marco Greco's award- winning Behind the Counter with Mussolini in New York and Los Angeles, and directed Melanie Maras' Kiss Me on the Mouth for InViolet Rep.
As an actor, Stephen Adly Guirgis appeared in Guinea Pig Solo, produced by LAByrinth at The Public Theatre, and has leading roles in Todd Solondz's Palindromes, Brett C. Leonard's Jailbait opposite Michael Pitt, and in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret. Other film credits include Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Adam Rapp's Blackbird, Noah Buschel's Neal Cassady, Meet Joe Black, Noise, Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot, and an episode of the long running New York City-based TV series Law & Order.
A former violence prevention specialist/HIV educator, Stephen Adly Guirgis has facilitated numerous workshops in New York City area prisons, schools, shelters, and hospitals.