September 14-October 7, 2012
Preview performance on September 13
Performed at Dobama Theatre on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights
Dobama Theatre proudly announces the first show of its fifty-third season, the Regional Premiere production of THE MF WITH THE HAT, by Stephen Adly Guirgis playing from September 14-October 7, 2012.
THE MF WITH THE HAT is a story about Jackie, a petty drug dealer, just out of prison and trying to stay clean with the help of Ralph, his smooth-talking AA sponsor. He’s also still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart Veronica. Theirs is a crazy love, but it suits their style and everything is fine – until Jackie looks around their crummy Times Square hotel room and spots a hat that doesn’t belong to him. This dark comedy by downtown NY playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is a razor-tongued cage match about love, adultery, and the struggles of addiction. THE MF WITH THE HAT was nominated for six Tony awards, including best play.
The play is directed by Dobama’s Associate Artistic Director Dianne Boduszek.
About the Playwright
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play THE LITTLE FLOWER OF EAST ORANGE, starring Ellen Burstyn and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, completed an extended run at The Public Theater. Other plays include OUR LADY OF 121st STREET (10 best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’TRAIN (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Laurence 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 and Entertainment Weekly), produced by LAByrinth in collaboration with The Public Theater in 2005. On May 10, 2008 JUDAS ISCARIOT completed a critically acclaimed run in London at the Almeida Theater. All five plays were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. They are published by Dramatists Play Service as well as by Faber and Faber. Guirgis’ one act play, DOMINICA THE FAT UGLY HOE, was directed by Adam Rapp as part of the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon. His newest play, THE MF WITH THE HAT premiered in New York City on Broadway in the spring of 2011 and featured Bobby Cannavale and Chris Rock. He is writing a screenplay based on the life of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith for Scott Rudin Productions. Television writing credits include NYPD Blue, David Milch’s short-lived CBS drama Big Apple, The Sopranos, and Shane Salerno’s short-lived NBC series UC: Undercover. Stephen was awarded a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award, a 2006 Whiting Award, and a 2004 TCG fellowship.
A former violence prevention specialist/HIV educator, Guirgis has facilitated numerous workshops in New York City area prisons, schools, shelters, and hospitals.
About the Director
Dianne Boduszek is the Associate Artistic Director at Dobama. Her tenure with Dobama dates back to the late 80s/early 90s when Don Bianchi directed her in HUNTING COCKROACHES and THE SECRET RAPTURE. Later, she performed in OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD at Dobama and MORNINGS AT SEVEN at Ensemble Theatre. She has recently appeared at Dobama in DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE and MIDDLETOWN. Dianne has performed and directed extensively in the Cleveland area. She was recently named Dobama’s Associate Artistic Director, working with Joel Hammer and with specific responsibilities for the Playwrights’ GYM, Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival, Young Playwrights Competition and Dobama Emerging Actors’ Program. Prior to becoming Managing Director in 2008, her career was in the for-profit business world with the last 15 years as the COO of a small design/manufacturing company. Dianne has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Speech from Catawba College, North Carolina, and is a CMO candidate from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School for Nonprofit Organizations.
Tickets are $26 regular, $24 senior for Fridays and Saturdays, $21 regular, $19 senior for Thursdays and Sundays. Preview tickets for September 13 are $10. Student tickets are $10 (full-time, under 25 with a valid ID)
Tickets are available by calling the Dobama box office at (216) 932-3396, or by visiting www.dobama.org.
RUSH tickets, available to patrons 21 & younger, are $5. A limited quantity will be sold nightly no earlier than five minutes before curtain time and will be based on seat availability.
On Sunday, September 16, Dobama offers tickets on a “pay-as-you-can“ basis. In an effort to remove economic barriers and to make Dobama’s productions accessible to everyone, the first Sunday of every production is “pay-as-you-can“, asking patrons simply to pay what they can afford.
Show dates and times
Thursday, September 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Preview Performance, $10
Friday, September 14 @ 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night, followed by an Opening Night reception
Saturday, September 15 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 21 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 23 @ 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 @ 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 @ 2:30 p.m.
Dobama Theatre is generously supported by many individual donors, and the following foundations and government agencies: The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation, The David & Inez Myers Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and Roe Green Foundation. Dobama Theatre is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Dobama Theatre’s mission is to premiere the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights. Through educational and outreach programming, Dobama Theatre nurtures the development of theatre artists and builds new audiences for the arts while provoking an examination of our contemporary world.