Award-winning stage, film and television actor Jimmy Smits makes his Chicago stage debut this season at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro's second staging of The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Stephen Adly Guirgis's hit new play.
Jimmy plays addiction recovery sponsor Ralph D., joining the previously announced cast featuring Sandra Delgado, Sandra Marquez, John Ortiz and Gary Perez. The Motherf**ker with the Hat begins previews December 28, 2012 (Opening Night is January 6, 2013; Press Performances are January 5 at 3pm and January 8 at 7:30pm) and runs through March 3, 2013 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $86) go on sale October 19 at 11am (prices are subject to change).
"My cast for the Broadway production was perfect. And yet somehow, I was lucky enough to find another amazing group of actors who excite me in a completely new way," comments director and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro. "With John, Jimmy, Sandra, Sandra and Gary, it's a really new and exciting day and I look forward to reinterpreting this story with this amazing group."
Things are on the up-and-up for recovering alcoholic Jackie and 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 asks probing questions about the havoc addiction wreaks. Ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, director of the acclaimed Broadway premiere, returns to direct the Steppenwolf production.
Jimmy Smits's theater credits include the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in 2009/10; the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in The Tropics by Nilo Cruz at Royale Theatre in 2003; the New York Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2004, as well as Twelfth Night in 2002. Also for The Public Theater, he has appeared in Hamlet, directed by Joseph Papp, and Michael Weller's The Ballad of Soapy Smith, directed by Robert Egan. Other Off-Broadway appearances include Ariano, directed by George C. Wolfe; the American Place/Playwrights Horizon co-production of Buck by Ronald Ribman; and for the Woman's Project at The American Place Theatre, he appeared opposite Linda Hunt in Little Victories.
He appeared in many staged readings and workshop productions at New Dramatists, INTAR and The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Regionally, he has been guest artist at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of Othello. He appeared at Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, in productions of Loose Ends, The Rainmaker and Gemini; at the Center Stage, Baltimore, in Eric Overmyer's Native Speech; and in the West Coast premiere of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, directed by Robert Egan at Mark Taper Forum.
Jimmy is a graduate of Brooklyn College's Center for the Performing Arts, CUNY and holds an MFA from Cornell University's Theatre Arts Program. He was recently seen in Mother and Child, opposite Annette Bening and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, and Backyard, directed by Carlos Carrera, which was Mexico's official Oscar submission for Foreign Language Film. Other film work includes Robin Swicord's The Jane Austen Book Club, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, My Family, Mi Familia, which earned him an IFP Spirit Award nomination, Price of Glory, Running Scared, The Believers, Old Gringo, Vital Signs and Switch.