Hudes brilliantly taps into both the family ties that bind as well as the alternative cyber universe. . . . Her dialogue is bright, her characters, compelling. . . . Its only when cyber meets the real world that anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely.— Variety
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.— Hartford Courant
Ms. Hudes possesses a confident and arresting voice.— The New York Times
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Quiara Alegría Hudess drama is a heartbreaking, funny, and inspiring account of the search for family in both conventional and unconventional places.
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world, while somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of family and friendship are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide.
Water by the Spoonful is the second installment in a trilogy of plays that follow Elliot, a young veteran of the Iraq War. The trilogys first play, Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue, was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and will be published by Theatre Communications Group concurrently with Water by the Spoonful. The trilogys final play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, premiered in April 2012 at Chicagos renowned The Goodman Theatre.