Stephen Adly Guirgis, award-winning playwright and one of the three artistic directors of New York's hot LAByrinth Theater Company, is coming to Coral Gables to check out GableStage's smash version of his play The Motherf**ker With the Hat. But seeing Joseph Adler's production of a play that has won raves from South Florida critics and the Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout (he called Motherf**ker "the best new play of 2011") isn't the only thing Guirgis will be doing during his visit. Like Adler himself so often does, Guirgis will be giving back to the region's theater community.
On Monday, Feb. 6, the playwright whose works include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange will lead a free writing workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at GableStage -- but the session is open only to members of Actors' Equity and the Dramatists' Guild, Theatre League members, and students or faculty from college or university theater departments. Anyone who wants to attend must email Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guirgis describes the workshop this way: "You don't have to be a writer to do the class...this is to encourage self-empowerment...experienced writers are free to come. Attendees should bring pen and paper. The substance of the workshop is a few writing exercises flcused on writing from a personal place, mixed in with conversation demystifying the writing experience. There will also be time for questions and discussions about anything writing- or theater-related."
The playwright, whose fellow LAByrinth company members include Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bobby Canavale, David Zayas, Eric Bogosian, Sam Rockwell and numerous other actors and playwrights, is also sticking around for a special industry-only performance of The Motherf**ker With the Hat at 8 p.m. next Monday at GableStage, which should be a special thrill for cast members Arturo Fernandez, Gladys Ramirez, Ethan Henry, Betsy Graver and Alex Alvarez.
But again -- only those South Florida theater community members, theater faculty and theater students can attend, and they must request a free ticket by emailing Adler. GableStage is, of course, located at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Check out its web site for more info on the company.