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The Motherfucker with a Hat
In yer face drama!

"The space between who you think you are and who you actually are is a pretty embarrassingly wide gap."

For obvious reasons, the 2011 play The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis is censored sometimes as The Motherf**ker With The Hat. By Arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Dramatists Play Service inc., New York, this production is directed, performed and crewed by the student members of the Theatre Guild. The play will be performed for two nights only at the Little Theatre on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July at 7.30pm.

This hilariously, vulgar Tony Award-nominated New York script is a play with addiction at its heart, offers insight into a variety of vices; sex, drugs, alcohol and most importantly, love, and what is love without some raging jealousy.

The play is about a former drug dealer and recovering alcoholic, Jackie and his long-term girlfriend, Veronica, who still has a cocaine habit along with other drugs. When Jackie returns home from a stretch in prison, he is full of best intentions and bottled-up testosterone, but as he and Veronica are jumping into bed in her bedroom, he finds a man's hat and realizes she has been having an affair and he is determined to find out who the culprit is.

The Motherfucker with the Hat premiered in 2011 at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway and was well received. It has been performed and well received at San Francisco Playhouse in San Francisco, the Allways Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana and in 2015 the play had its UK premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre, part of The National Theatre.

Critics have differed in their reviews of the productions. A local critic of performances during the Adelaide Finge Festival 2017, described our local theatre company, Lost in Translation's production, as having strengths but as falling flat. While overseas critics described this in 'yer' face drama as "a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery." "The space between who you think you are and who you actually are is a pretty embarrassingly wide gap." "Guirgis cuts to the core of what it is to be in love, to fall out of love, and to try to hold on to something that's already gone."

The Wall Street Journal's review wrote, "What makes Hat more than just a foul-mouthed, fast-moving farce is that Mr. Guirgis's real subject turns out to be moral relativism...Don't let the stupid title put you off. If you do, you'll miss one of the best new plays to come to Broadway in ages."

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, "The play that dare not speak its name turns out to have a lot to say."

The student cast for this prodution:

Beatrice Blackwell,
Annabel Bramley,
Ryan Casey,
Nicolas Perrotti and
Alec Santucci


Here is a wonderful opportunity to come along and support student members of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild Inc and experience an exciting theatre production.

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Why? The entertaining vulgar play that dare not speak its name turns out to have a lot to say.
When: TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY THURS 12 & FRI 13 JULY 2018, 7.30PM
Phone: Please contact Melanie Hibberd on 8313 5999
Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters (off Victoria Drive, gate 10), University of Adelaide. Ticket machine in Cloisters parking area. WE RECOMMEND YOU ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL.
Cost: All tickets $15 BOOKINGS: www.trybooking.com/WMZG or on the door, subject to availability. Theatre is Wheelchair Accessible.
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