“ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE” AT THE KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE AND
“WATER BY THE SPOONFUL” AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM
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.”