We are pleased to announce the publication of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama. The play, which will be available in paperback and hardcover, premiered at New York City’s Culture Project in 2006, produced by Page 73 Productions. Elliot will receive a production at the Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, NC in January 2013.
“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… 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.” ― New York Times
Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is the first installment of Hudes’s The Elliot Trilogy, which was followed up with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful and will conclude with The Happiest Song Plays Last. Water by the Spoonful will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at New York City’s Second Stage Theatre in December 2012, and The Happiest Song Plays Last will premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in April 2013.
In Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, 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 takes us on an unforgettable journey across time and generations as Hudes lyrically traces the legacy of war on a single Puerto Rican family.
Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.