• Kevin Broccoli

It's Here. "The Motherf***er with the Hat" Arrives at Epic!

Epic Theatre Company is heading to the Academy Players for the craziest show of the season—Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Motherf***er with the Hat.  It’s a dark comedy that looks at the struggles of life after addiction through the lens of one of America’s best playwrights directed by Jonathan Pitts-Wiley, Artistic Director of Mixed Magic Theater.

“I’m a huge fan of Stephen Adley Guirgis—especially his ability to write for characters who sometimes aren’t represented anywhere else in theater,” says Epic Artistic Director Kevin Broccoli.  “We’re always looking for shows that make an impact, and with a title like this one, it’s hard not to imagine grabbing people’s attention.  Well—come for the title, but stay for the fireworks, because this show is a burst of energy that will have you glued to these characters and the obstacles they face.  It’s a show so big, we had to take it to a brand new space—one belonging to our friends at the Academy Players—and enlist one of the area’s most dynamic directors—my good friend Jonathan Pitts-Wiley—to helm it.”

The Motherf***ker with the Hat is the story of Jackie, a newly clean drug dealer, as he tries to navigate his life after getting himself straight.  It doesn’t help that his girlfriend Veronica is still addicted to cocaine, his sponsor Ralph is keeping a few secrets, Ralph’s wife Victoria is harboring a crush on Jackie, and Jackie’s cousin Julio trying to help might mean things are going to get much, much worse.

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley directs an Epic cast that includes Rudy Ru (House Arrest), Jackie Aguirre (Milk Like Sugar), Jay Are Adams (Red Speedo), Kerry Giorgi (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Nicholas Menna (Wolf Hall).

The Motherf***er with the Hat runs October 5th – 20th at the James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center home to the Academy Players, located at 180 Buttonhole Drive (Building 2) in Providence, Rhode Island.  Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Seniors. Students and Military Service Members can receive complimentary tickets as part of Epic’s Free Admission program.

             Tickets can only be purchased at  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3625297 .  No tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, contact (401) 368-7689 or e-mail EpicTheatreCompanyRI@gmail.com.

The Motherf***er with the Hat

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Jonathan Pitts-Wiley


Jay Are Adams as Ralph D

Jackie Aguirre as Veronica

Kerry Giorgi as Victoria

Nicholas Menna as Julio

Rudy Ru as Jackie

Stage Manager:  Samantha Gaus

General Manager:  Megan Ruggiero

Producer:  Stephanie Traversa

Technical Director:  Alexander Sprague

Epic Executive Director:  Hannah Lum

Operations Manager:  Kerry Giorgi

Artistic Associate:  Melanie Stone

Production Manager:  Cate Clifford

Young Audience Development:  Angelique Dina

Poster Design:  Elena Semenkova

Epic Resident Photographer:  Dave Cantelli


Friday, October 5th @ 8pm

Saturday, September 6th @ 8pm

Friday, October 12th @ 7pm

Saturday, October 13th @ 8pm

Friday, October 19th @ 8pm

Saturday, October 20th @ 8pm

General Admission:  $20

Seniors:  $15

Students and Military:  Free Admission

All Performances at the James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center

180 Buttonhole Drive (Building 2)

Providence, Rhode Island 02909

Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for Seniors/Students/Military

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3625297

*This show contains mature subject matter, including nudity.

No one under the age of 15 will be admitted.

***Epic Theatre Company seeks to bring provocative contemporary work to Rhode Island as well as new perspectives on classical theater. We strive to continue the tradition of "event" theater, where each production has built-in excitement both for the audiences and the artists involved.

****Epic is a proud member of the Rhode Island Theater Alliance (RITA) and is the Resident Theater Company at the Artists Exchange in Cranston, RI.

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