Overview


Synopsis

In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” (aka Odessa Ortiz) leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life -- a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier-- forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer, however, in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in North Philly, Odessa Ortiz’s real-life family is falling apart. Her nephew, Elliot, has returned from Iraq both physically and emotionally broken. Her niece, Yaz, is unable to reconcile her identity as a North Philly girl from the barrio with her upper-crust, intellectual lifestyle. Her sister, who was the mother that Odessa could never be, is dying of cancer. Inventive and timely, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water By the Spoonful is a powerful, compassionate look at the meaning of family, and the burdens we must carry to protect it.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
2011
Genres
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
2009. philadelphia, san diego, puerto rico, and japan.
Cast Size
Ideal For
diverse cast, female lead, ensemble cast, older actors
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

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