Teatro Paraguas presents The Motherf**ker with the Hat,
a comedy by Stephen Adly Guigis
Teatro Paraguas closes its 13th season with Stephen Adly Guirgis’ gritty, hard-hitting comedy, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, which originally premiered at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in April 2011.
Described as “a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery,” the story is about struggles with addiction, friendship, love, and the challenges of adulthood. Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He's also still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. Ralph D. is Jackie's too-smooth, slightly slippery sponsor. He's married to the bitter and disaffected Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie. Jackie's gay cousin, Julio, tries to provide the ballast to keep total chaos at bay.
Rick Vargas directs Teatro Paraguas’ production, and the cast includes Matthew Montoya as Jackie, Noah G. Simpson as Ralph D., Madeleine Robb as Veronica, Pablo Adrián Ángeles as Julio, and Eibhlin Brennan as Victoria.
“Guirgis, a brilliant comedic talent . . . also has an original and knowing take on class, particularly as it plays out among the bottom-of-the-barrel working-class poor . . . Guirgis’ characters are frustrated by limitations that they’re only half aware of, and that frustration provides much of the painful hilarity in their dialogue, which piles miscommunication on top of misunderstanding.” —New Yorker
Guirgis, the son of an Egyptian father and an Irish-American mother, was raised on New York City's Upper West Side. He attended school in nearby Harlem and graduated from University at Albany, SUNY in 1992. A playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, he is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both off Broadway and on Broadway, as well as in the U.K. He has won many awards, including the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award (2014) and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Between Riverside and Crazy.
His plays include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (2000), The Little Flower of East Orange (2008), Our Lady of 121st Street (2003), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (1999), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005), Dominica the Fat Ugly Ho (2006), The Motherfucker with the Hat (2011), and Between Riverside and Crazy (2014).
Originally from Chicago, Rick Vargas is a film and stage actor, director, and screenwriter. For Teatro Paraguas, he has directed Death and the Maiden, and Port Authority Throw Down, and acted in Welcome to Arroyo’s, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Two Sisters and a Piano.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the McCune Foundation.
Saturday • April 29 • 7:30 p.m.
Sunday • April 30 • 2:00 p.m.
$20 general admission
$12 limited income
Reservations at 505.424.1601 and online.