Second Stage Season Will Include Pulitzer Prize-Winning Water By the Spoonful
By Kenneth Jones
Water By the Spoonful, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jon Kern's Modern Terrorism, the 2012 winner of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, are two of the four plays in the 2012-13 season of Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.
The announcement was made May 16. Two additional mainstage works will be announced.
The 2012-13 season will launch with the world-premiere comedy Modern Terrorism, Or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them, a "provocative satire" to be directed by Peter DuBois, who staged Second Stage's Becky Shaw, Trust and All New People. Previews will begin in mid-September prior to a mid-October opening.
Water by the Spoonful, directed by Davis McCallum, will begin previews in mid-December toward an opening in early January 2013.
Modern Terrorism is billed this way: "In the spirit of 'Dr. Strangelove'… comes a provocative satire about a rogue group of 21st-century terrorists and their darkly comic misadventures. As a young bomber develops feelings for his beautiful, secretive conspirator, he is torn between his duty and his heart. When his hipster neighbor accidentally gets caught up in the plans, circumstances spiral out of control." The play won the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, which gives money to the playwright and a producing theatre.
Kern is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in playwriting and the University of Chicago. He recently joined the staff of the long-running hit television show “The Simpsons,” and is a member of the Ars Nova Playgroup, the Civilians R&D Group, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He was awarded a Van Lier Fellowship in Playwriting from New Dramatists in 2010 and is an alumnus of the Youngblood writers' group at Ensemble Studio Theatre. His play We in Silence Hear a Whisper premiered in 2011, produced by Red Fern Theatre Company.
Hudes' Water By the Spoonful is about Elliot, a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq War. "He returns home to Philadelphia haunted by demons from the past, his family in flux, and his only career prospect at the local Subway sandwich shop," according to Second Stage. "When his mother's 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 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner."
The play is the second in a trilogy of plays that began with Hudes' Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, a play about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father and grandfather's service in Vietnam and Korea. The third play in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, is scheduled to make its world premiere in 2013 at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Hudes was a Pulitzer finalist for Elliot and for the musical In the Heights (Tony winner for Best Musical and Tony nominee for Best Book of a Musical). She wrote the book and lyrics for a children's musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. She received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel.
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