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The Motherfucker with the Hat

The Motherfucker with the Hat

Stephen Adly Guirgis


“Guirgis, a brilliant comedic talent...has an original and knowing take on class, particularly as it plays out among the bottom-of-the-barrel working-class poor, who are virtually invisible to the wealthier men and women around them...Jackie and Veronica are two hopeful losers who want to win the kind of intimacy they’ve seen in movies, but for whom it’s always just out of reach…The interplay of their desire and their deceit makes them one of the most beautifully drawn couples to appear on the stage in years…Guirgis knows enough about life to ask the right questions: What is recovery? And who, if anyone, can recover from the brutal high of a love hangover?” —Hilton Als, New Yorker


“Vibrant and surprisingly far the most accomplished and affecting work from the gifted Mr. Guirgis, a prolific chronicler of marginal lives.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times


“One of the best new plays to come to Broadway in ages, The Motherfucker with the Hat is tight, smart and splendidly well-made, a tough-minded unromantically romantic comedy that keeps you laughing, then sends you home thinking.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal


“The most expressive cursing since Shakespeare.” —Susannah Clap, Guardian


“Funny indeed—not to mention surprising, disturbing and poignant. Guirgis both flirts with and defies our preconceived notions about how social and moral struggles can define people. His characters are too refreshingly, frustratingly human to pin down, or write off. In Hat, Guirgis gives us a slice of hard life that’s as provocative as it is absorbing.” —Elysa Gardner, USA Today


In The Motherfucker with the Hat, Jackie, a recently paroled drug dealer, attempts a fragile balance between the addictions of love, the struggle to stay clean, and the revenge for the betrayals that punctuate and maybe even facilitate his recovery.


Stephen Adly Guirgis’s other plays include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a former co-artistic director of Labyrinth Theater Company. He is a creator and writer of Netflix’s The Get Down.

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