Quiara Alegría Hudes Has More Musicals in Her Future

November 8, 2011

Quiara Alegría Hudes
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Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes, whose latest play, Water By the Spoonful, is receiving its world premiere at Hartford Stage, is also assembling ingredients for the new musicals Like Water for Chocolate and My Name Is Asher Lev.

The Tony-nominated book writer of In the Heights recently celebrated the Hartford Stage opening of Spoonful, the second play in her trilogy that began with her Pulitzer Prize finalist, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue.

The trilogy, based on the experiences of Hudes' own family member, centers on the life of a young marine who is injured during his Iraq deployment and must cope with the aftermath of war when he returns home and attempts to move on with his life.

Each work in the trilogy is shaped and inspired by a different style of music. Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue is influenced by Bach's fugues, while Water By the Spoonful, a larger family drama, used the music of late jazz musician John Coltrane to establish its form. Hudes said the epic family play, which was also inspired by works like Jerusalem and August: Osage County, delivers a "more sprawling, free-for-all set-up."

The final play in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, was developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference last summer and will be staged by Chicago's Goodman Theatre next season, according to Hudes. The Goodman, which has not announced the work as part of its season, commissioned the romantic comedy that uses Puerto Rican and Jordanian folk music as its structural base.
Chicago-based director Edward Torres, who staged The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Off-Broadway, helmed the O'Neill workshop of The Happiest Song Plays Last. Hudes is hoping to continue the collaboration at the Goodman. Hudes explained that each of the plays was written as a stand-alone piece, but she may revisit them to see if the works could be presented as a theatrical trilogy.

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