Feb 102018
 
Mainstream L.A. Theatres To Translate In Spanish

Peter Mendoza in “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Shishir Kurup and written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” will play through February 25, 2018. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2018 Craig Schwartz

 

SPANISH LANGUAGE OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES SET FOR
 

“ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE AND

“WATER BY THE SPOONFUL” AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM

 

Mainstream L.A. Theatres To Translate In Spanish

L-R: Keren Lugo, Sean Carvajal and Luna Lauren Vélez in the Center Theatre Group production of “Water by the Spoonful” at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, “Water by the Spoonful” will play through March 11, 2018. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2018 Craig Schwartz

 

Center Theatre Group will offer Spanish-language translations of the 1 p.m. performance of “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” on Sunday, February 25 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and the 8 p.m. performance of “Water by the Spoonful” on Friday, March 9 at the Mark Taper Forum. Each show will be performed in English with Spanish translations running simultaneously on open captioned screens. Audience members wishing to view the open captions should request to be seated in the captioning area when purchasing tickets.

Directed by Shishir Kurup, Hudes’ Pulitzer finalist “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” began previews January 27, opens February 3 and continues through February 25.

A soldier, like his father and his father’s father, 19-year-old Elliot is back from Iraq with a Purple Heart. As he recovers from his injuries and decides whether to return to Iraq, he yearns for a truer connection with his father and considers his own limited options outside the military.

Phoebe Hoban of The New York Times said “‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’ is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new. The playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes, who has degrees in music (a bachelor’s from Yale) and playwriting (a master’s from Brown), combines a lyrical ear with a sophisticated sense of structure to trace the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family.”

Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Water by the Spoonful” begins previews January 31, opens February 11 and continues through March 11.

A janitor, a software mogul, a college grad and an IRS paper-pusher have one thing in common. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they’re recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran’s tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (“In the Heights”), worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community and courage.

When it played off-Broadway, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times said, “‘Water by the Spoonful’ gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. Ms. Hudes writes with such empathy and vibrant humor that regeneration and renewal always seem to be just around the corner.”

 

 

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Jan 202018
 
Elliot Trilogy To Play Concurrently In Los Angeles Theatres

L-R: Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Kelley Kirkpatrick, director Lileana Blain-Cruz and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie at the first rehearsal for “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, “Water by the Spoonful” runs January 31 through March 11, 2018, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2018 Craig Schwartz

 

ELLIOT TRILOGY TO PLAY CONCURRENTLY IN LOS ANGELES THEATRES

JANUARY 27 THROUGH MARCH 19, 2018

Center Theatre Groups’ Previously Announced Productions of

“Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” at the Douglas and “Water by the Spoonful” at the Taper

Will Be Joined By Latino Theater Company’s Production of

“The Happiest Song Plays Last”

 

Los Angeles audiences will have the rare opportunity to follow Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy playing concurrently at theatres across the city in early 2018. Center Theatre Group’s production of Pulitzer finalist “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” (at the Kirk Douglas Theatre January 27 through February 25, 2018) and Pulitzer winner “Water by the Spoonful” (at the Mark Taper Forum January 31 through March 11) will be joined by Latino Theater Company’s production of the final installment of the trilogy “The Happiest Song Plays Last” (at the Los Angeles Theatre Center February 17 through March 19). It is the first time all three plays will run at the same time in one city.

“It’s really thrilling to get a chance to see the plays produced back to back for the first time in a single city,” said Hudes. “You see one play, and you get that beginning, middle, end—you get that story. But you see two, three of the plays, you get that sense of family all of a sudden. You’ve gone through it over time with this family. So I think the ending of the entire trilogy lands in a deeper way. The laughs get deeper, the pain gets more pronounced. Hopefully the plays are resonating off of each other in ways that will yield rewards.”

“This is a special moment for our patrons and for us—and really for anyone in Los Angeles who loves theatre,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “We’re taking advantage of the breadth and depth of our programming and of the rich theatre ecosystem of our city by joining forces with the Latino Theater Company to tell an epic story from start to finish. These three remarkable plays definitely stand on their own, but the opportunity to see the completed trilogy together and to follow Quiara’s characters through their entire arc is truly impactful.”

”We’re thrilled to offer L.A. audiences the chance to see the final installment of the trilogy, which isn’t as well-known as the others,” said Latino Theater Company Artistic Director José Luis Valenzuela. “I think it’s especially beautiful because of the poetry of the language, and because of the music which brings us closer to who Elliot is.”

 

 

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