Quiara Alegrķa Hudes' "Elliot Trilogy" Gets NYC Marathon at Second Stage Jan. 27

By Kenneth Jones
16 Jan 2013

Zabryna Guevara
Zabryna Guevara
Photo by Richard Termine

Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes' "Elliot Trilogy" will be seen in a marathon made up of two readings — Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue and The Happiest Song Plays Last — and one full production — Water By the Spoonful — on Jan. 27. Second Stage Theatre presents this rare opportunity, though the readings are by invitation only.

Elliot, the first play in the trilogy about an American soldier (and his extended family), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Water By the Spoonful, his and his family's continuing story, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is currently receiving its New York City premiere.

The all-day Sunday marathon will begin with an 11:30 AM reading of Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue, directed by Davis McCallum, followed by the 3 PM matinee performance of Water By the Spoonful, and concluding with a 7:30 PM reading of The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Eddie Torres.

Second Stage Theatre is at 305 W. 43rd Street.



Armando Riesco and Zabryna Guevara will appear in the complete trilogy and Water by the Spoonful cast members Frankie Faison and Ryan Shams will perform roles in The Happiest Song Plays Last. Elliot, A Solider's Fugue will include a full cast reunion from the 2006 Page 73 production with Triney Sandoval and Mateo Gomez in addition to Riesco and Guevara.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the 3 PM matinee of Water By the Spoonful for Jan. 27 can be purchased by calling the box office at (212) 246-4422. Admission to the readings is by invitation only.

Here are the plays in the trilogy at a glance:

Originally produced by Page 73 in 2006, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, "is about a young marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father's and grandfather's service in Vietnam and Korea."

In Water By the Spoonful, "Elliot returns home to Philadelphia to reconnect with his Puerto Rican family after his time spent serving in Iraq. Upon arriving, he finds his family in flux and his career prospects limited. When an online support group begins to overshadow his aspirations for the future, the real and online worlds — one forged by blood, another by survival — collide in this funny, urgent and timely play."

The Happiest Song Plays Last, premiering this April at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, "follows Elliot's struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career, while his cousin Yaz settles into her heroic new role as the heart and soul of her crumbling community. The play chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world."

Second Stage's Water By the Spoonful continues to Feb. 10.

For more information, visit www.2ST.com.