Second Stage Theatre will present a one-day marathon of all three plays in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning Water By the Spoonful. The marathon will be held on January 27, beginning with a reading of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, directed by Davis McCallum. The reading will be followed by the matinee performance of Water By the Spoonful, also helmed by McCallum, and will conclude with a reading of The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Eddie Torres. Admission is by invitation only.
Armando Riesco and Zabryna Guevara will appear in the complete trilogy, while Water By the Spoonful cast members Frankie Faison and Ryan Shams will also perform roles in The Happiest Song Plays Last. Triney Sandoval and Mateo Gomez will star in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, in addition to Riesco and Guevara—all four actors previously starred in the 2006 Page 73 production of Hudes’ drama.
Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the story of a young marine (Riesco) coming to terms with his time in Iraq, and his father’s and grandfather’s service in Vietnam and Korea. Water By the Spoonful, currently playing at Second Stage Theatre, tells the story of Elliot’s return home to Philadelphia to connect with his Puerto Rican family after serving time in Iraq. When he arrives, he finds his family in flux and his career prospects limited. In The Happiest Song Plays Last, Elliot struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an unexpected career, while his cousin Yaz (Guevara) settles into a heroic new role as the heart and soul of her crumbling community.
Water By the Spoonful is scheduled to play a limited engagement through February 10. The production stars Riesco as Elliot Ortiz, Guevara as Yazmin Ortiz, Liza Colon-Zayas as Odessa Ortiz, Bill Heck as Fountainhead, Sue Jean Kim as Orangutan, Faison as Chutes & Ladders and Shams as Policeman/Professor Aman/Ghost.
Check out Broadway.com's interviews with Hudes and the Water by the Spoonful cast below!