"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegría Hudes MFA '04

Water by the Spoonful
Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes MFA ‘04
Directed by Patricia Ybarra


Leeds Theatre
Sept 26 - Oct 6

Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm

Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize winning Water by the Spoonful is the second play in a trilogy (Elliott, A Soldier’s Fugue, Water by the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last) about Elliott Ortiz, a young Puerto Rican marine who served in the second Iraq War.

Water by The Spoonful takes place in 2009, six years after Elliott returned from Iraq. As the play opens, Elliott, now 24, is working at a Subway sandwich shop while trying to kick start his acting career; his cousin, Yazmin, a music professor is recently divorced and their aunt Odessa (who is actually Elliot’s birth mother) is running a chat room for recovering crack addicts like herself. A sudden family crisis disrupts their everyday lives and asks that Elliot, Yaz and Odessa put aside their present struggles and confront the past to forge a way forward into the future. In Odessa’s chat room, a mainline computer programmer, an African American IRS worker and a Japanese American woman in search of her roots, try to live day by day without succumbing to their addiction. In this compassionate yet brutally honest play, each of the characters learns to embrace the challenge of living honestly and openly in a world filled with unintended risks and unexpected pleasures. Set in Philadelphia and the virtual world, Spoonful explores how we make family in a 21-century world.