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THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
September 14 – October 7
Directed by Dianne Boduszek

Nominated for 6 Tony Awards,
including Best Play

Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is 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 the crummy room he and Veronica share in a Times Square hotel and spots a hat that doesn’t belong to him. This dark comedy by downtown NY playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is a razor-tongued verbal cage match about love, adultery, and the struggles of addiction.

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Artists:

Jeremy Kendall* (JACKIE) last appeared on the Dobama stage playing the role of Denny in A Steady Rain. Most recently he appeared in The Cleveland Play House’s productions of Ten Chimneys as Carl Sederholm and The Life of Galileo as A Little Monk. Other credits include Home Land with David Strathairn and Civil War Voices, Lied Center for Performing Arts; Bus Stop, Resident Alien and Androcles and the Lion, Nebraska Repertory Theatre; Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, Flatwater Shakespeare and Tuesdays With Morrie, Row I Theatre. Film Credits Include the independent horror films Lilith (shot in Cleveland) and Kolobos. Directing credits include, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, The Outsiders and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Anjanette Hall* (VERONICA) is so happy to be making her Dobama Theatre debut.  Theatrical credits: Baltimore Centerstage; Snow Falling on Cedars. Two River Theatre Company; Opus, Rutgers Theatre Company; Big Love, Oleanna, Betrayal, The Triumph of Love. Redstage Theatre Company; J.B. , Spring’s Awakening. Cardinal Stage Company; Our Town, A Year with Frog and Toad. BrownCounty Playhouse; The Importance of Being Earnest. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater; Grease, Into the Woods,Hello Dolly. The Barn Theater; The Rocky Horror Show.  Film/T.V. credits: Be Still, Ed (NBC),With a Friend Like Carl.  Anjanette holds a M.F.A in acting from Rutgers University, and a B.F.A. in musical theatre performance from Western Michigan University. Anjanette’s favorite role to date is wife to Krys, and mother to Jack!

Charles Kartali* (RALPH) REGIONAL:  American Stage, Aspen Theatre in the Park, BoarsHead, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Mandel JCC, Shadowland, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Syracuse Stage, among others.  RECENT CREDITS:  Alexander in Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (with the Cleveland Orchestra) and Bursar/Cardinal Barberini in Galileo (CPH), Lockhart in The Seafarer (Dobama), The Old Man in A Christmas Story (SS) and Vet in The Book of Grace (CPT).  SELECT CLEVELAND CREDITS:  Bill W. and Dr. Bob, A Christmas Story, Trumbo and Tuesdays With Morrie (CPH); Pangs of the Messiah and Brooklyn Boy (Mandel JCC); The Price and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Ensemble) and A Bright Room Called Day (CPT).  FILM & TELEVISION:  High Spirits and Lost Subs.

Bernadette Clemens* (VICTORIA) is profoundly happy to return to Dobama where she first appeared ten years ago in the title role of The Mai opposite Andrew May and Dorothy Silver, and in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul — and in 2004 in Lunacy, a Dobama collaboration with The Cleveland Play House. Northeast Ohio credits: Great Lakes Theatre (Hamlet), The Beck Center (A Doll’s HouseEquus, The Seagull, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Farnsworth Invention), Cleveland Public Theatre (The Hairy Ape, Voice Over), Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night), Ensemble Theatre (Our Town, Three Tall Women, Anna in the Tropics), Tri-C East (‘Night, Mother), and the JCC (A Shayna Maidel.) Co-Founder of Mamai Theatre Company, where she will direct Euripides’ Medea June 2013. New York credits: The Vineyard Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, Womens’ Theatre Project, Gotham City Improv. Training: Columbia University, British American Drama Academy. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA. 

Jimmie D. Woody (JULIO) has appeared in numerous productions throughout Cleveland and New York.  Some of his most recent Cleveland acting credits include: Cholly in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye”, portrayed multiple characters in “The Colored Museum” at Karamu House directed by Fred Sternfeld and Caroline Jackson-Smith, William in “Lobby Hero”, Booth in “Top Dog/Underdog” at The Beck Center for the Arts, Hamlet in “Hamlet” at Cuyahoga Community College(Tri-C). Jimmie directed and performed the role of Dionysus in Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of “The Bacchae of Euripedes a Communion Rite” written by Wole Soyinka.  Some of Jimmie’s New York credits include “Waiting for Godot”, “Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish” and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” staged by The New York Shakespeare Festival and LaMama E.T.C. respectively directed by Andrei Serban.  Jimmie received his M.F.A. in acting from Columbia University.  Jimmie is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow. He directed August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” this past spring at Tri-C Metro.  Jimmie dedicates his performance in memory of his loving sister Deborah Woody and his parents James and Shirley Woody.

Dianne Boduszek (DIRECTOR) Dianne’s tenure with Dobama dates back to the late 80s/early 90s when Don Bianchi directed her in HUNTING COCKROACHES and SECRET RAPTURE. Later, she performed in OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD at Dobama and MORNINGS AT SEVEN at Ensemble Theatre.  Last year, she appeared in DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE at Dobama after a 12-year hiatus from the stage.  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.

*members of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States appearing under a special appearance contract