The Motherf**ker with the HatSeptember 14 - October 13, 2012
Written by Stephen Aldy Guirgis
Directed by David R. Gammons
Scenic Design by Eric Levenson**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg
Sound Design by David Remedios**
Stage Management by Dawn Schall Saglio
A 2011 Tony nominee for Best Play, The Motherf**cker with the Hat is a ferociously funny play about love, fidelity, and facing one’s demons. Ex-con Jackie thinks he has finally turned his life around now that he’s sober and has a new job. But when he finds a strange hat in his girlfriend’s apartment, he is back on the brink in this razor-sharp new comedy from the author of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Estimated Run Time 1 hour, 55 minutes without intermission
Contains Nudity and Adult Content
Jamie Carrillo …Jackie
Evelyn Howe …Veronica
Melinda Lopez …Victoria
Maurice Emmanuel Parent …Ralph D
Alejandro Simoes …Cousin Julio
Cast & Crew
JEFF ADELBERG** (Lighting Design) SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Red; reasons to be pretty; Nine; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design); [title of show]; Blackbird; The New Century; The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig. Other recent work: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe); The Lily’s Revenge(American Repertory Theater); John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepenthe (Huntington Theatre Company’s Emerging America Festival); Middletown, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (IRNE Award)(Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Equally Divided (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Company We Keep and John Kuntz’sThe Salt Girl (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Stoneham Theatre); A Soft Murder, Noises Off, Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Boston Conservatory); Boston’s Christmas Revels since 2010. Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. LDJeff.com
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS is co-artistic director of New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations, 10 best plays of 2003), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier Nomination for London’s Best New Play), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 best Time Magazine & Entertainment Weekly), and The Little Flower of East Orange (starring Elen Burstyn & Michael Shannon) at The Public Theater. All five plays were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Motherf**cker with the Hat marks his third consecutive world premiere co-production with The Public Theater. In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts in the West End. Other plays include Den of Thieves (HERE, HAI Theater Festival), and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp) for the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon. He has received a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award, a 2006 Whiting Award, and a 2004 TCG fellowship, new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Repertory, and is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwright’s Coalition, Ojai Playwrights Festival, and New River Dramatists. Television writing credits include “NYPD Blue,” “The Sopranos,” David Milch’s CBS drama “Big Apple,” and Shane Salerno’s NBC series “UC: Undercover”. As an actor, Stephen has had leading film roles in Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, Brett C. Leonard’s Jailbait (opposite Michael Pitt), and in Kenneth Lonergan’s upcoming Margaret. Other film credits include Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche New York, Adam Rapp’s Blackbird, Noah Buschel’s Neal Cassady, as well as Meet Joe Black (dir: Martin Brest), Noise (dir: Henry Bean), Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (dir: Todd Harrsion Williams), and TV’s “Law and Order.” He directed Liza Colon-Zayas’ Sistah Supreme for Danny Hoch’s Hip Hop Theater Festival, Marco Greco’s award-winning Behind the Counter with Mussolini in New York and Los Angeles, and Melanie Maras’s Kiss Me on the Mouth (InViolet Rep/CSNY. A former HIV Educator/Violence Prevention Specialist, he lives in New York City. His most recent play, The Motherf**cker with the Hat, played on Broadway starring Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale. It received six Tony nominations including best play.
GAIL ASTRID BUCKLEY** (Costume Design) SpeakEasy designs include The Motherf**cker with the Hat, Red, Xanadu, andAdding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Design). Other recent designs include:Death of a Salesman (Lyric Stage); The Cunning Little Vixen (The Boston Conservatory); Spring Awakening, North Shore Fish, This is Our Youth and Driving Miss Daisy(Gloucester Stage); Something’s Afoot, Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre); Insignificance (The Nora Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre). Gail received the 2002 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Costume Design and the 2002 IRNE Award for Costume Design for Twelfth Night with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the 2006 IRNE Award for Costume Design for her work on both Caroline, or Change and The Women for SpeakEasy Stage.
JAIME CARRILLO SpeakEasy: debut. New York credits include King Lear, MARAT/SADE, Macbeth, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Dream on Monkey Mountain (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Red Beads (Mabou Mines); The Vultures, Offending the Audience, and I.E., in other words (The Flea Theatre); Oedipus Rex(Faux-Real Theatre). Regional credits include GALA Hispanic Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Strindberg Festival, and The Fort Point Theatre Channel. TV credits: “School Spirits” (Syfy); “Red Rum” (Discovery ID). Training: Graduate, The William Esper Studio; B.A. with honors in Theater Arts from Brandeis University.
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
LAUREN DUFFY SpeakEasy: Other Desert Cities, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Adding Machine: A Musical. Other select credits: Little Shop of Horrors; A Christmas Story; afterlife: a ghost story; Frankie and Johnny and the Claire de Lune; andKite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Company One debut: special effects for Bengal Tiger and the Baghdad Zoo. Lauren has served as a scenic artist and properties coordinator for Boston Children’s Theatre as well as properties coordinator for Central Square Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and The Barnstormers Theatre. Lauren is also Charge Artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa where she will be returning for her third season in June.
MARC FRANKLIN is excited to be a part of his first SpeakEasy Stage production! Boston College: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Director);Doubt, a Parable (Stage Manager); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stage Manager); Reefer Madness (Stage Manager); Isn’t It Romantic (Stage Manager); and All’s Well That End’s Well (Stage Management Intern). Marc is a recent graduate of Boston College, receiving his BA in Theatre and English.
DAVID R. GAMMONS (Director) is a director, designer, visual artist, and theatre educator. He is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy Stage, where in previous seasons he has directed the New England premieres of The Whale; The Motherf**ker with the Hat (2013 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actress); Red (2012 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Actor); and Blackbird (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress). At the Huntington Theatre, David directed a workshop reading of Necessary Monsters as well as John Kuntz’s The Hotel Nepentheas part of the Emerging America Festival. Other recent directing credits include The Comedy of Errors,Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Duchess of Malfi, and Titus Andronicus (2007 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director) for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Cherry Docs, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, andMy Name is Rachel Corrie at New Repertory Theatre; the World Premieres of Walt McGough’s The Farmand John Kuntz’s The Salt Girl at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and The Winter’s Tale as part of the Shakespeare Exploded Festival at the American Repertory Theater. Mr. Gammons has proudly served as the Director of the Theatre Program at Concord Academy for the last fifteen years, where he teaches directing and oversees a company of young performers devoted to developing original experimental work for the stage. Mr. Gammons is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, and a graduate of the Directing Program of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. www.davidrgammons.com.
TED HEWLETT returns to SpeakEasy having played Peter in Company. Selected fight direction credits include in New York: Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Off-Broadway) Mettawee River Company, Lincoln Center Institute; in Boston: Huntington Theatre, SITI Co./ArtsEmerson, American Repertory Theater, New Rep, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Company One, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, Publick Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Nora Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; and Regional: Elm Shakespeare, Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse Stage, Kennedy Center, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, New Century Theatre. Ted earned his MFA from Brandeis University, and trained at the Academy of Theatrical Combat. He is currently on the acting faculty at Emerson College, and teaches at Bay State Fencers’ Stage Combat Studio.
EVELYN HOWE* recently appeared at SpeakEasy as Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress. Other Boston-area shows include Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark with Lyric Stage. In NYC, she recently performed at Cherry Lane Theatre originating the role of Nina in the new play Little Bird, and is currently involved in various short film projects. She resides in NYC, but is thrilled to be back in Boston with her SpeakEasy family for this amazing play.
ERIC LEVENSON** (Scenic Design). Previous SpeakEasy designs include sets for Far from Heaven; CARRIE the musical; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Next to Normal; Nine; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; Blackbird; Some Men; Parade; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production with Súgán); A Class Act; Three Days of Rain; An American Daughter and Balm in Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award). Eric recently participated in Sally Taylor’s Consenses, a multi-discipline project which premiered on Martha’s Vineyard in August. Eric is an All-Categories member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829.
MELINDA LOPEZ* (Toni) recently appeared at SpeakEasy as Victoria in The Motherfucker with the Hat (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actress). Melinda also appeared in SpeakEasy’s productions of Theater District, Anna in the Tropics, and The Dying Gaul, and directed An American Daughter. Melinda’s other theatre credits include Our Town, Persephone, A Month in the Country (Huntington Theatre); The Oil Thief, A Girl’s War (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and others. Melinda is a playwright and author of Sonia Flew (Best New Play, Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards), Orchids to Octopi, Becoming Cuba, and others. She is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company.
AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) Amanda is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after working on: Far From Heaven,CARRIE the musical, The Whale, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Tribes, In the Heights,Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Xanadu. International touring credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits include work at: Gloucester Stage Company, Hanover Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre Company, and the Publick Theatre. Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at the University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.
MAURICE EMMANUEL PARENT* (Sutter) is ecstatic to return to SpeakEasy after appearing in Far from Heaven, The Color Purple (IRNE Award), and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. He is a Resident Company Member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he has performed in Measure for Measure, Romeo & Juliet, Troilus & Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, and King John. Maurice has also appeared locally with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, Underground Railway Theater, New Rep, Lyric Stage, and the Huntington Theatre. He was the winner of the 2008 Elliot Norton “Best Actor” Award for his work in Some Men (SpeakEasy), Angels in America (Boston Theatre Works) and The Wild Party (New Rep). Maurice is a Boston Public School teacher and a member of the adjunct faculty at both Northeastern and Boston University.
DAVID REMEDIOS** (Sound Design) has designed sound for SpeakEasy’s Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind and The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Recent credits include A View from the Bridge (Brandeis University); Welcome to Arroyo’s (Tufts University); The Other Place and Distracted (Central Square Theater); Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah and Modern Terrorism… (Contemporary American Theater Festival); These Shining Lives (Stoneham Theatre); Amadeus (New Rep); Ryan Landry’s ‘M’and Now or Later (Huntington Theatre Company); Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre and Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination); and The Last Will (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Awards: IRNE, Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Elliot Norton. remediossound.com.
DAWN SCHALL SAGLIO* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed 15 shows for SpeakEasy, among them: CARRIE the musical; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Reckless; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The History Boys; The Women; Five by Tenn; and The Last Sunday in June. Other local credits include productions at the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage, BPT, and The Nora. Her greatest credits are sons Nick, Eric, and Tucker. Dawn serves on SpeakEasy’s board of trustees and has been a member of Equity for 14 years. Love to Doug!
ALEJANDRO SIMOES SpeakEasy: debut. Boston credits include Recent Tragic Events, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark); Hideous Progeny, Melancholy Play (Holland Productions); Paperbag Princess, Shh! (New Exhibition Room);Travesties, Romeo & Juliet, Misalliance (The Publick Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); King John(Shakespeare & Company); Olly’s Prison; Dido, Queen of Carthage(A.R.T.). He trained at Shakespeare & Company, Southwick Studio, and Northeastern University.