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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of The Motherfucker with the Hat by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play marks Guirgis’ Broadway debut at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in the spring of 2011, with subsequent performances in cities all over the country including Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Atlanta, and many others.
“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...He 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
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.
“Vibrant and surprisingly serious...by far the most accomplished and affecting work from the gifted Mr. Guirgis, a prolific chronicler of marginal lives.”
—Ben Brantley, New York Times
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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