Katie Rubin: Unapologetically Sober, Funny and Real

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KATIE RUBIN—writer, actor, comedian and director—usually includes bits of her real life in her comedic work, proudly displaying them for the audience. Rubin is at it again as guest director for Big Idea Theatre’s production of “The Motherf**ker With the Hat,” a “comic tragedy” about a former drug dealer and the trials of his new, and funny, life. 

Rubin has performed professionally for more than 15 years and regards her road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as part of the reason for her multifaceted creative abilities. “I’ve done so much personal growth work, and have made so many efforts to clear what’s been limiting for me in consciousness, that the creative work I do can only benefit from that,” she says. The aim of her work? To point out daily human struggles and then laugh about them. Recovery doesn’t define her, she says. Rather, her inspiration comes “from being alive and paying attention.” 

Laugh along with “The Motherf**ker With the Hat,” written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and running Jan. 15–Feb. 13 at Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. See bigideatheatre.com for more information.