How did this mess get started in the first place? Like the Puerto Rican family I married into, the Ortizes are a large, interconnected mess of people. Odessa is the chatroom moderator and the link between the family and Water by the spoonful scenes. In short, this is a great, teachable play, and one that I expect to revisit.
The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Hudes has a unique mind. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It took me into places and people I would never otherwise encounter.
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.
All night long, firing eight-inch howitzers into the evergreens. Like I said earlier, the play addresses timely topics, but it does so in a timeless way. The voice is the melody, … the statement. The fugue is like an argument. The second group of characters is comprised of crack addicts who support each other in an internet chatroom.
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. This section contains words approx. Two, three, four lines clashing. The play is about family, addiction, loyalty and protection. They begged me to play. Hudes credits family members for inspiring some of the dialogue in the play.
Hudes is a young and a masterful playwright. 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.
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Further revelations reveal the depth of that lack of fitness: To be honest, I picked it in a hurry when I was planning the syllabus because I needed a play not my area of expertise and because the Ortiz family reminded me so much of my in-laws.
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.
They argue, they become messy. It turns out she also wrote the book for In the Heights, and won a Tony nomination for it. Flute is very soothing after the bombs settle down. She combines fourth-wall realism with uncanny, cyber-space realities whose pseudonyms online usernames and virtual locales are confounding, at first.
Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. Does Odessa make the right choice? As we learn, he is the biological son of one aunt, Odessa, but was raised by another aunt, Ginny. 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.
Her originality is rife with significance on many levels.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 by Quiara Hudes is such a rare play; it is a yearning, funny, deeply sad and deeply lyrical piece, a worthy companion to Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue/5(39). 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 gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. Ms.
Hudes writes with empathy and vibrant humor. Charles Isherwood, The New York Times. Feb 12, · “Water by the Spoonful,” Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize winner, is a family drama that redefines what family means for those struggling not.
Synopsis: Eulogy is given by Yaz and Elliot, while we see Odessa pouring water by the spoonful onto the floor until the cup is empty and she turns it upside down, also while Orangutan’s train approaches, but when it comes time to board she is frozen.Download