The Motherf*#cker with the Hat

<i>The Motherf*#cker with the Hat</i>

Photo by Pin Lim

Don’t balk at the title of the Obsidian Theater-presented The Motherf*#cker with the Hat. It’s making its Houston debut and hopes are high — it was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, who took home a Pulitzer in 2015 (Drama) for another daring production, Between Riverside and Crazy. “The title of the play might put some people off, but it’s a really beautiful and powerful human story about love and the power of love and how love endures through seemingly impossible circumstances,” says Luis Galindo, who plays Jackie, a recovering drug dealer whose drama-free relationship with his high-school sweetheart gets all dark and messed up pretty fast. “It’s a love story,” says Galindo — who has previously starred in local productions of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and The Book of Maggie — about the play directed by James Belcher. “A dark, twisted, bloody, nasty, smelly love story.”

8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. September 25. Through October 15. 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit $15 to $30.

[Organizer's description:]

A high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery from a dream team of theatre talent.

Obsidian Theater is proud to present the Houston premiere of Motherf*#cker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer for Best Drama. Performances will run September 15 - October 8 at Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77007. Shows begin at 8 p.m.

The show

There has never been a funnier tragedy than The Mofo with the Hat. Some may call this a dark comedy, but the humor here is so wonderfully and naturally integrated that the laughs come by default. At its core, this play is, surprisingly, a love story. It revolves around people thrown apart by lies and abuse issues, who just happen to have the most furiously colorful use of language. It's as heart-wrenching as it is side-splitting.

“It's got more life and fun in its little finger than any hundred other recent works I've seen about urban losers”

Chicago Reader

Directed by James Belcher one of Houston’s greatest theatre talents with decades of experience with The Alley, Stages and many other theaters in town.

The Cast a Who’s Who of Houston Theatre

Louis Galindo

Mace The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Judas in Book of Maggie, Stages

Patricia Duran

Bessy in Drowning Girls at Mildred’s Umbrella, Mary in Middletown at Catastrophic

Courtney Lomelo

Joan in The Book of Maggie, Stages, Alice The Drowning Girls at Mildred’s Umbrella

Atseko Factor

Christian in Ruined at Obsidian Theater, Freeman in Platanos and Collard Greens at The Ensemble Theater


Jackie, a former drug dealer, has just been released from prison and is living with his high school sweetheart, Veronica. Jackie is enrolled in the AA program and is drug free with the help of his sponsor, Ralph D. When Jackie comes home having finally snagged a job, he and his libido are ready to celebrate. But, when Veronica jumps into the shower to get ready, Jackie notices a hat sitting in the room that isn’t his. He accuses Veronica of having an affair and, though she vehemently denies it, the inexplicably present hat causes a huge rift between them. Jackie’s discovery puts into motion a series of further discoveries that unravel the fabric of love and trust that weaves a community together: lovers are split up, infidelity seems contagious, and sobriety is threatened. As his relationships to those he loved and trusted most dissolve before his eyes, Jackie has to decide whether he is truly ready to give up his vices in order to move into a brighter future. $15 Student - $20 General Admission - $30 Patron Reserved

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