Quiara Alegría Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-Winning Water by the Spoonful Begins Performances at Old Globe April 12

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12 Apr 2014

Rey Lucas
Rey Lucas
Photo by Jim Cox

The Old Globe's production of Quiara Alegría Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful begins previews April 12 prior to an official opening April 17. 

Performances continue through May 11 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Directed by Edward Torres, Water by the Spoonful features Rey Lucas (The Rainmaker, "Person of Interest") as Elliot Ortiz with Robert Eli (Tartuffe, Saturn Returns) as Fountainhead aka John; Sarah Nina Hayon (A Bright New Boise, The Provenance of Beauty) as Yazmin Ortiz; M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Pride and Prejudice, Godspell) as Ghost, Professor Aman, Policeman; Ruibo Qian (Henry IV, King Lear) as Orangutan; Keith Randolph Smith (King Hedley II, Fences) as Chutes&Ladders; and Marilyn Torres (The Agony & the Agony, "Maid in Manhattan") as Odessa Ortiz aka Haikumom.

Water by the Spoonful is the second play in Hudes' Elliot Cycle, three stand-alone plays written over an eight-year period. Here's how the production is billed: "Elliot Ortiz is back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways."

In conjunction with local organizations Combat Arts and So Say We All, The Globe is hosting an ongoing exhibit of art by returning veterans and an evening of local veterans performing stories they have written about their service.



"All of us at the Globe are looking forward to sharing this remarkable play with San Diego audiences," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a previous statement. "The gifted director Edward Torres has gathered a very strong and talented cast, and together with a top-notch design team, they are sure to bring to vivid life the extraordinary and moving humanity of one of the best American plays of the past decade."

Each play in Hudes' Elliot Cycle uses a different kind of music, including Bach, Coltrane and Puerto Rican folk music, to trace the coming of age of a bright but haunted young Puerto Rican man.

The creative team includes Old Globe associate artist Ralph Funicello (scenic design), David Israel Reynoso (costume design), Jesse Klug (lighting design), Mikhail Fiksel (sound design) and Caparelliotis Casting (casting). Jess Slocum is stage manager.

Call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org for more information.