Quiara Alegría Hudes' Water by the Spoonful Begins World-Premiere Run at Hartford Oct. 20

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The Hartford Stage world premiere of Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, which explores an Iraqi soldier's life in America after facing battle, begins previews Oct. 20.

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Davis McCallum (Sex Lives of Our Parents) directs the drama that is the second part of a planned trilogy that began with Hudes' Pulitzer Prize finalist work, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue. McCallum also staged the world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue in 2006.

The cast includes Ray Anthony Thomas, Armando Riesco, Zabryna Guevara, Liza Colon-Zayas, Teresa Avia Lim, Matthew Boston and Demosthenes Chrysan.

Hartford Stage previously workshopped the play in 2009. Riesco, who stars in the title role, was also part of that cast.

Here's how Water by the Spoonful is billed: "Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world again and put aside the demons that haunt him. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of love, family and community are stretched across, time, generations and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide in this captivating new drama."

Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) has penned an original score for the play, which has set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Chloe Chapin, lighting design by Russell Champa and sound by Bray Poor.

Hudes received a 2008 Tony nomination for penning the book for the Tony-winning musical In the Heights. Her work also includes Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Yemaya's Belly and The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! She is also at work on the musical Like Water for Chocolate.

For tickets and more information, phone (860) 527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.

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