Hysterical and irreverent. -New Yorker


Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica—until Jackie spots another man's hat in their apartment and embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance. Fast-paced and uproarious, Mother is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions. Ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, director of the acclaimed Broadway premiere, returns to direct the Steppenwolf production.

Please note this play contains adult language: an honest, authentic mash-up of poetry and profanity (that’s a lotta fun).

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT</i> Audience Response

    THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Audience Response

  2. <i>THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT</i> in Production


  3. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on <i>THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT</i>

    Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

  4. <i>THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT</i> Trailer


  5. <i>THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT</i> in Rehearsal


  6. Season Trailer 2012/13

    Season Trailer 2012/13

Cast & Artists

The Artists


"Funny and unflinching…fierce and affecting."
–Daily Herald

"Fast, flashy, and tremendously assured… absolutely masterful."
–Chicago Reader

"Brand new way to look at love and addiction…bold, compassionate, highly articulate and deceptive Stephen Adly Guirgis drama."
—Chicago Tribune

"It's fearless—go see this play!!"
—Kathy, Facebook

"Surprisingly heartfelt…fast-moving emotional carousel ride."
—Chicago Sun-Times

"The cast of Motherf**ker prove themselves to be, well, a tough bunch of motherf**kers…certainly worth it."
—Gapers Block

"@SteppenwolfThtr has a HIT on its hands. Just saw a preview, you should make plans to go see it!"
—Scott, Twitter

Program Articles

Welcome to The Motherf**ker with the Hat

A welcome letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey

Rediscovering the Hat

Director and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis chat with Literary Manager Aaron Carter about The Motherf**ker with the Hat.

First Person: An Invitation

Steppenwolf’s Literary Manager Aaron Carter shares his personal connection to the play, and invites you to do the same.

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Buy Tickets

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Running Time

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Special Performances

Sign Language-Interpreted
Sunday, February 3 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, February 9 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, February 17
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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