Penn State Centre Stage presents 'The Motherf**ker With The Hat' Nov. 17-Dec. 6

November 10, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Centre Stage will present Stephen Adly Gurguis’ critically acclaimed play, "The Motherf**ker with the Hat," from Nov. 17 through Dec. 6 in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. Directed by Steve Broadnax, head of the University’s M.F.A. in Acting Program, the production features an exciting cast comprised of current Penn State students and faculty.

Described as a “vibrant and surprisingly serious new comedy” (The New York Times), the play tells the story of Jackie, a recovering addict fresh out of jail. Jackie is determined to get his life back on track and settle down in New York City with the support of his girl Veronica, his AA sponsor Ralph D, and his loyal cousin Julio, until he finds a hat that isn’t his own left conspicuously behind in his bedroom. Jackie’s quest to track down “the mother**ker with the hat” threatens to put him right back where he started. The play is a poetically profane, touching, and thoroughly hilarious dive into the quest for transformation.

Please note: the play contains profanity and mature content that some may find challenging.

Broadnax says "The Motherf**ker With The Hat" follows "a struggling addict as he balances his relationship, his new commitment to sobriety, and the hat that comes between them. For me, this is a passion project and I am honored to be working with a top-rate cast. I believe in the functionality of theatre, and, this play has a meaning that I hope audiences will sympathize with, understand, and embrace.” 

The play previews at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 19. Performances will be held 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 and Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Tickets are $18, with preview/matinee performances at $16. Student tickets (with valid Penn State ID) are $12. Generous student and group sales discounts are available. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling (814) 863-0255 or 1 (800) ARTS-TIX.

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Last Updated November 11, 2014