The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adley Guirgis

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About the Play

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).

"Don’t let the stupid title put you off. If you do, you'll miss one of the best new plays to come to Broadway in ages." The Wall Street Journal

"The Motherf**ker with the Hat has been described as 'a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery.' Continuing on from his writing for hit shows like The Sopranos and NYPD Blue, Guirgis brings to life the vibrant profanity of underclass America in this hipster comedy, which is as contemporary as it gets." Kate Cherry

A Perth Fringe World Festival 2013 event.


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Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Fayssal Bazzi, Austin Castiglione, Rhoda Lopez, Kenneth Ransom, Alison van Reeken

Director: Adam Mitchell

Designers: Sound Designer James Luscombe, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Set & Costume Designer Bryan Woltjen 


"There's great comedy and fabulous, albeit spectacularly obscene, dialogue, but Guirgis keeps the core of his story anchored in the desperate, unrealisable love between Jackie and Veronica." The West Australian

"Fast, fearless, funny and flashy are four more F-words that come to mind" Perth Now

"[Director Adam] Mitchell doesn't let the action descend into sitcom territory where the laughs - and there are plenty - are played at the expense of emotional depth." The Australian

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