But most importantly, it is a story about family--about honoring the bond to all the people that have raised and cared for you, about building a new family for yourself when your biological relatives have turned their backs on you.
This play, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a highly theatrical, multi-faceted story of addiction and recovery, despair and hope, past and future. She combines fourth-wall realism with uncanny, cyber-space realities whose pseudonyms online usernames and virtual locales are confounding, at first.
It turns out she also wrote the book for In the Heights, and won a Tony nomination for it. They argue, they become messy. Hudes credits family members for inspiring some of the dialogue in the play. In this play, Grandpa is a flutist whose melodies, played for his fellow soldiers, encouraged or consoled them.
Like the Puerto Rican family I married into, the Ortizes are a large, interconnected mess of people. I read this play with the students in my "Literary Diversity" class. Initially, the play is divided between two groups of characters. The second group of characters is comprised of crack addicts who support each other in an internet chatroom.
However, reading it again these last few days with a group of other people and the chance to slow down and think about how it is put together has helped me appreciate it as a great story and a fine literary achievement.
Fountainhead, a new addition to the group, is a white, wealthy man who wants to recover from his addiction without revealing it to his wife or kids.
It took me into places and people I would never otherwise encounter. Elliot continues to angrily blame Odessa for what happened, and when he reveals her past to a member of the chatroom community with whom Odessa was meeting in person, the guilt becomes too much for her and she relapses.
The play is the second in a trilogy about the experiences of Elliot, a Puerto Rican man who fought a war for a country that barely recognizes his right to live in it, and I look forward to digging into the other two installments. As Odessa recovers from her overdose, she is helped by Fountainhead, a new addition to the chatroom community who is challenged to actually step up and both admit his own addiction and help another sufferer.
Another voice creeps up on the first one. Those who feel the web is a cold connection may change their opinion after they see the very hot limbo in which these characters live and interact…This is a very funny, warm, and, yes, uplifting play with characters that are vivid, vital, and who stay with you long after the play is over.
Voice two responds to voice one.
In short, this is a great, teachable play, and one that I expect to revisit. The play involves three generations of soldiers. They begged me to play.
Odessa is the chatroom moderator and the link between the family and internet scenes. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide.
The fugue is like an argument. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. Exactly why Odessa gave Elliot up is revealed in a crucial, moving scene in the middle of the play, and I will not reveal it here.The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful from March 26 through June 20 and September 4 through November 2, in the Thomas Theatre.
WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. "A complete and satisfying work A quartet of wounded yet fiercely bright characters who are trying to stay sober communicate over the internet.
Water by the Spoonful has ratings and 72 reviews. Brina said: Water by the Spoonful is Quiara Algeria Hudes Pulitzer winning play.
Hudes had been pro /5. Water by the Spoonful is a play written by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The second part of a trilogy, this drama depicts the everyday struggles of several people. Some are tied together by family, while others are tied through their addictions.
Water by the Spoonful is a play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hudes had previously won the Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights. Her sister, who was the mother that Odessa could never be, is dying of cancer.
Inventive and timely, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water By the Spoonful is a powerful, compassionate .Download