Water By the Spoonful

Water By the Spoonful

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

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



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