Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Winner “Water By The Spoonful” Opens Jan 8th At Second Stage

Author of In the Heights of the Tony Award Best Musical Brings a Story of an American Soldier and the American Family


Quiara HudesAuthor and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Award for Drama, has brought us a new Off-Broadway masterpiece with Water By The Spoonful, a story about an Iraq war veteran struggling to find his place in the world.

Water By The Spoonful opens on January 8, 2013 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street).

Water By The Spoonful is written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Davis McCallum with the Second Stage Theatre company featuring Liza Colon-Zayas (Second Stage’s Living Out, Our Lady of 121st Street), Frankie R. Faison (The Wire, Tony nominee for Fences), Zabryna Guevara (Chimichangas and Zoloft, Taper’s Burn This), Bill Heck (Angels in America), Sue Jean Kim (Assistance, The Hallway Trilogy), Armando Riesco (Elliot in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue), and Ryran Shams (Aftermath).

Water By The Spoonful is the second in a trilogy of plays that began with Hudes’ Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a play about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father’s and grandfather’s service in Vietnam and Korea. The third play in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, is scheduled to make its world premiere in April, 2013 at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Why the focus on the soldiers for the trilogy?

“It is another way to examine American civilian life and American privileges and luxuries,” Alegria Hudes explained. “What are the costs of all our freedoms and privileges? Who pays the price? I found that the soldier element made this not just a Latino story, but a true American story set in 2012. I think of it as an American trilogy.”

Elliot (Riesco) returns home to Philadelphia to reconnect with his Puerto Rican family after his time spent serving in Iraq.  Upon arriving, he finds his family in flux and his career prospects limited.  When his mother’s online support group begins to overshadow his aspirations for the future, the real and online worlds – one forged by blood, another by survival – collide in this funny, urgent and timely 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Water By The Spoonfulwill have scenic design by Neil Patel,costume design by ESosa,lighting design by Russell Champa, sound design by Josh Schmidt, and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.

Production Schedule:  Opens January 8th through Sunday, January 27, 2013 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

For more information and other performance exception dates, please visit www.2ST.com.

All evening performances Wednesday – Friday, January 16 – 18, will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at www.2ST.com.

For discount and group ticket sales call 212-246-4422.

Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

About Playwright

Quiara Alegria Hudes received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Water By the Spoonful.  Her play, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will premiere this spring 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. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter. 

About Director

Davis McCallum returns to Second Stage Theatre where he directed the world premiere of Michael Mitnick’s Sex Lives of Our Parents as part of last summer’s Uptown Series.  He recently directed the world premiere of Gabe Kahane and Seth Bockley’s February House at the Long Wharf Theatre, as well as its subsequent New York premiere at the Public Theater.

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