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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 theatre 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 politics, Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue

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"Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theatre 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 politics, Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue manages to be a deeply poetic, touching and often funny indictment of the war in Iraq."—The New York Times

From Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Water by the Spoonful, comes this companion play, itself a Pulitzer finalist.

In a crumbling urban lot that has been converted into a verdant sanctuary, a young Marine comes to terms with his father's service in Vietnam as he decides whether to leave for a second tour of duty in Iraq.

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, lyrically tracing the legacy of war on a single Puerto Rican family.

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is the first installment in a trilogy of plays that follow Elliot's return from Iraq. The second play, Water by the Spoonful, received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and will be published by Theatre Communications Group concurrently with Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue. The trilogy's final play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, premiered in April 2012 at Chicago's renowned The Goodman Theatre.

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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:
9781559367233
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
11/20/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
1,041,311
File size:
225 KB

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.

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