April 11, 2011
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Former drug addict Jackie is fresh out of jail and reunited with his longtime girlfriend, a crack-smoking live wire named Veronica. Jackie leans on his addiction sponsor, Ralph D., who is married to Victoria, a resentful woman he met in AA. Also in the mix is Jackie’s cousin Julio, a salon owner with a flamboyant streak. Over the course of the play, it becomes clear that Ralph D. may not be as loyal a friend as Jackie believes.
Guirgis told Broadway.com that the play and “its examination of acceptance, loyalty and love” grew out of a time when he suffered a back injury and his father cared for him.
Guirgis began writing the play during a two-week retreat with the LAByrinth Theater Company.
Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Public Theater Productions, Labyrinth Theater Company, Fabula Media Partners, Jean Doumanian, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Jon B. Platt, Tulchin Bartner, Jamie deRoy.
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Play
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Play
The full title of the play is not even featured on its marquee—asterisks fill in for the R-rated word.