Finding balance, finishing the ‘Hat’
Stephen Adly Guirgis had written only 20 or so pages of “The [Expletive] With the Hat” when he was tempted to abandon the play. Not because writing is a species of torment for him, though it is, or because he prefers acting “about a billion times more,” though he does. The problem was he had already spent so much of his playwriting career sketching similar terrain. “I was like, I can’t do this. I can’t write another play where everybody’s screaming and cursing and, you know, they don’t have a job,” Guirgis said. But the dark comedy was a Broadway hit in 2011. SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of the play opens Sunday in Boston.