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Water by the Spoonful

Water by the Spoonful
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 62
Pub. Date: 2013
Edition: Acting Edition
ISBN-10: 0822227150
ISBN-13: 9780822227151
Cast Size: 3 women, 7 men

About the Play:

Water by the Spoonful won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize

Water by the Spoonful is a full-length drama by Quiara Alegria Hudes. A soldier returns from the war and struggles to put aside the demons that haunt him. His mother, a recovering addict, battles her own demons. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

Water by the Spoonful is about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father's and grandfather's service in Vietnam and Korea. Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from the Iraq war and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond keeping each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide in this second instalment of Quiara Alegria Hudes' acclaimed trilogy that began with A Soldier's Fugue.

Water by the Spoonful premiered in 2011 at Hartford Stage Company and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 7 men

What people say:

"A complete and satisfying work … A quartet of wounded yet fiercely bright characters who are trying to stay sober communicate over the internet. Those who feel the web is a cold connection may change their opinion after they see the very hot limbo in which these characters live and interact … This is a very funny, warm, and, yes, uplifting play with characters that are vivid, vital, and who stay with you long after the play is over." — The Hartford Courant

"Quiara Alegria Hudes is a blazing talent … Her new play, Water by the Spoonful, blazes with promise. Non-linear and fascinating, it is not easily followed but definitely worthy of both close attention and ultimate praise…Provocative and brimming with life." — Talkin' Broadway

"All the characters in Quiara Alegria Hudes' compassionate follow-up to Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (a Pulitzer finalist) are seeking a kind of visa – one that will allow them to make it to a safe haven in a messed-up world. Everyone in the play is living day to day – or spoonful by spoonful, to echo Hudes' poignant metaphor – enabled, hindered, and supported by an ever-interrelated reach of family and friends. The play is a combination poem, prayer and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos. When cyber meets the real world, anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely." — Variety

About the Playwright:

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and author. After graduating from public school in Philadelphia, she went on to receive a B.A. in music cum laude from Yale University before earning an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel, and her work often merges the two disciplines.

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