Water by the Spoonful

Water by the Spoonful

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by Quiara Alegría Hudes
     
 

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"Hudes brilliantly taps into both the family ties that bind as well as the alternative cyber universe. . . . Her dialogue is bright, her characters, compelling. . . . It's only when cyber meets the real world that anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow

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"Hudes brilliantly taps into both the family ties that bind as well as the alternative cyber universe. . . . Her dialogue is bright, her characters, compelling. . . . It's only when cyber meets the real world that anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely."—Variety

"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."—Hartford Courant

"Ms. Hudes possesses a confident and arresting voice."—The New York Times

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Quiara Alegría Hudes's drama is a heartbreaking, funny, and inspiring account of the search for family in both conventional and unconventional places.

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world, while somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of family and friendship are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide.

Water by the Spoonful is the second installment in a trilogy of plays that follow Elliot, a young veteran of the Iraq War. The trilogy's first play, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and will be published by Theatre Communications Group concurrently with Water by the Spoonful. 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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“A beautiful, heartbreaking knockout of a play, as startling and innovative and human on the page as on the stage.” –Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“This is one of the best new plays I’ve seen in years. 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.” –Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant

“To Hudes' credit and our benefit, the ways in which the people within those worlds bicker, undermine and support each other are as compelling as the inevitable intersections and intrusions between them.” –Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Gate

“Hudes corrals harsh voices and brutal stories into a magnificent whole that is beautiful not because it is lovely but because it is brokenheartedly tender and true.” –Charles McNulty, LA Times

“Beautifully resounding drama... The playwright examines an array of emotional toils by splashing together droplets of life’s bleak realities, harsh revelations, fragile successes and modest triumphs, all of which conspire like tiny specks of contrasting colors on a canvas. A rich, brilliant montage of American urban life that is as dazzling to watch as it is difficult to look away from.” -Peter Santilli, Associated Press

“Hudes brilliantly taps into both the family ties that bind as well as the alternative cyber universe… Her dialogue is bright, her characters, compelling… It’s only when cyber meets the real world that anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely.” -Variety

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559367257
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
312,366
File size:
313 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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Water by the Spoonful 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about reading a play with no description, but happy I did. I read it in about an hour. If you dont want to purchase, borrow from the library. I dont want to give away the plot, but its about people from diff walks of life dealing with addiction.