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
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.