Saturday, April 28, 2012

TCG Will Publish Pulitzer Prize Winner "Water by the Spoonful"

Theatre Communications Group has announced that they will be publishing "Water by the Spoonful," the Quiara Alegría Hudes play which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Quiara Alegría Hudes
TCG plans to release the play through its TCG Books imprint on August 1, 2012, followed by Hudes' previous play, "Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue," on August 15.  "Elliot" and "Water" represent the first and second parts of a trilogy involving an American soldier sent to Iraq, with "Elliot" looking at three generations of one soldier's family and how war (and music) have shaped them, and "Water" taking up that soldier's story once he is back from Iraq, weaving him into a narrative about how we form connections in cyberspace.

Writing for the New York Times , Phoebe Hoban called "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue," "that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new."

About "Water by the Spoonful," TCG writes, "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."

They also note that the first two scenes of  "Water by the Spoonful" can be read on Hudes’s website.

The third part of the trilogy, "The Happiest Song Plays Last," is scheduled for next April and May at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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