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"Water by the Spoonful"

By January 23, 2013

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The second part of a trilogy, Water by the Spoonful depicts the everyday struggles of several people, some tied together by family, others tied together by addictions. The first portion of Quiara Alegria Hudes' trilogy is titled Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue. The final part of the cycle, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will premiere in spring of 2013. Water by the Spoonful won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

At first, Water by the Spoonful seems to be set in two different worlds, with two different story lines. The first setting is our "everyday" world of work and family. In that storyline, young Iraq War veteran Elliot Ortiz deals with a terminally ill parent, a nowhere job at a sandwich shop, and a burgeoning career in modeling, all of which are intensified by recurring memories (ghostly hallucinations) of a man he killed during the war. Elliot's main support system is his patient, empathetic cousin Yasmin: a woman successful in her career, but not so lucky in love.

The second storyline takes place online. Recovering drug addicts interact in an internet forum that has been created by Odessa, Elliot's birth mother... Learn more about this heartfelt drama, Water by the Spoonful.


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