We are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Water by the Spoonful, the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play will be available from TCG Books on August 1, and will be quickly followed up with the release of Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue on August 15. These are the second and first plays, respectively, of a trilogy by the award-winning playwright; the third installment, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will receive its world premiere in spring 2013 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and will be published by TCG later that year.
“Hudes combines a lyrical ear with a sophisticated sense of structure…
A confident and arresting voice.” ― New York Times
Water by the Spoonful follows Elliot, a 19-year-old marine, as he struggles to find his place in the world upon returning from Iraq. While he copes with the monotony of day-to-day life, somewhere in a chat room, four recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond. The boundaries of family and friendship are stretched across time and cyberspace in this second installment of Hudes’s trilogy, the first two scenes of which can be read in their entirety now on Hudes’s website.
Best known for her work on the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. In addition to the trilogy, her other works include the children’s musical Barrio Grrrl!, 26 Miles and Yemaya’s Belly. With Water by the Spoonful, which received its world premiere at Hartford Stage in fall 2011, she became the first Latina to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Hartford Stage production was also the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.