Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue

Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue

by Quiara Alegría Hudes
     
 

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Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level while creating something new.” -New York Times
“A lush and evocative tone poem about the way the landscape of the soul is transformed by war” –Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level while creating something new.” -New York Times
“A lush and evocative tone poem about the way the landscape of the soul is transformed by war” –Atlanta Journal Constitution

Back home in Philadelphia, Elliot Ortiz, a nineteen-year-old Marine, contemplates his return to Iraq for a second tour of duty after being seriously wounded. In this “simple, poignant and achingly evocative play” (TimeOut New York), three Ortiz family members recount years of service to their country in wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, and the effects their service has had on the individual, the family and the community they live in. Melding a poetic dreamscape with a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue takes us on an unforgettable journey across time and generations. This Pulitzer Prize finalist is the first installment in Quiara Alegria Hudes' The Elliot Trilogy, which continues in Water By the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize-winner) and concludes with The Happiest Song Plays Last.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. Her other works include Barrio Grrrl!, a children’s musical; 26 Miles; Yemaya’s Belly and The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third piece in her acclaimed trilogy. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.

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Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level while creating something new. The playwright combines a lyrical ear with a sophisticated sense of structure to trace the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family. Without ever invoking current politics, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue manages to be a deeply poetic, touching, and often funny indictment of the war in Iraq.” –Phoebe Hoban, New York Times

“A lush and evocative tone poem about the way the landscape of the soul is transformed by war…A writer of astonishing lyricism and intellectual rigor.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Simple, poignant and achingly evocative…both utterly realistic and profoundly moving” –Jessica Branch, TimeOut New York

“Hudes’s story reaches beyond the politics and pressures of this particular conflict to a collection of more universal observations — of what war means for the person, the family and the society from generation to generation.” –Steven Snyder, The Villager

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559364379
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
548,662
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Quiara Alegría Hudes is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. Her other works include Barrio Grrrl!, a children’s musical; 26 Miles; Yemaya’s Belly and The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third piece in her acclaimed trilogy. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She now lives in New York with her husband and children.

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