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Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegria Hudes

Jan 19, 2020
4:00PM - 6:00PM

Play Reading
Directed by Molly Merrihew

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

Vibrant with empathy and humor, Water by the Spoonful unpacks community and connection. In a world that would rather communicate through screens, than face-to-face, our story is set in both Philadelphia and an online chat-room. The twenty something, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is searching for his new normal. While, at all hours and from all places, a forum in an online chat-room for recovering addicts is helmed by Odessa Ortiz who’s known online as Haikumom. Boundaries of family and community are challenged, as these two world collide, and we are asked to examine the humility and redemption of human connection.

Cast: Jaime Carillo, Joseph Cardozo, Charls Hall, Evelyn Howe, Zoë Laiz, Jackie Mari Roberts

This reading is part of the Winter Play Reading Festival

General Admission: $25/Adult; $10/Student
Winter Play Reading Festival: See all 5 plays: $75/Adult Pass; $30 Student Pass

About the Playwright

Quiara Alegría Hudes received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful. Previously, her play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last will premiere next season at The Goodman Theatre. Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musical In the Heights, which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist. Hudes wrote the book and lyrics for a children’s musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. Hudes was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she recently returned to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia. Her first play was produced in the tenth grade by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, where she now serves as a board member and mentor to other young writers. After graduating from public school, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel.

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