Immerse yourself in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes and her acclaimed plays about the homecoming and coming-of-age of a young Puerto Rican soldier, onstage concurrently for the first time.
Los Angeles audiences will have the rare opportunity to follow 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.
Quiara Alegría Hudes gets the royal treatment she deserves.
The plays in her Elliot Trilogy share characters and themes, but each is a standalone experience. You don’t have to see them all, but why pass up an opportunity to become acquainted with one of the leading voices of this thrilling new generation of American playwrights?
Audience members requesting Spanish language open captioning will be seated with a clear view of the open caption board with Spanish language text synchronized to the onstage performance. Spanish language open captioning performances for "Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will take place on Sunday, February 25 at 1pm ($25) and "Water by the Spoonful" at the Mark Taper Forum on Friday, March 9 at 8pm ($30).
It's really thrilling to get a chance to see the plays produced back to back for the first time in a single city. 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.
You're invited to two free, open-to-the-public Community Conversations around the real-life, real-time issues and ideas surrounding "Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue" and "Water by the Spoonful." Join us at the Kirk Douglas Theatre on Feb 9 for "Coming Home From Combat," and on Feb 21, panelists answer the question, "Does Technology Create Community?" at The Music Center Annex. Plus, enjoy pre-show bites and wine. No ticket purchase is required to attend.
Quiara here! I've teamed up with Philly powerhouse advocates for the Pa' Arriba Puerto Rico campaign. We are focussing on Vieques, Arecibo, and Utuado, providing short-term relief with survival supplies and longer term relief by adopting service organizations. Additionally, we are helping refugee families relocate to Philly after their homes were leveled in the storm. Join us in the spirit of community, healing, and art!
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