Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) debuts a world-premiere play with Signature Theatre in fall 2022. Get My Broken Language tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
My Broken Language is a play based on Hudes's 2021 memoir of the same name. An ensemble of six actors play Hudes and various members of her extended Perez family — her sister, mother, cousins — and relive their life in a Philadelphia barrio in the 1990s. Hudes honors their lives and histories with a blend of languages and storytelling techniques: monologues containing English and Spanish, literary readings, dancing, and live piano music. Together, all these elements combine into the unique language of her family.
Hudes is best known as the bookwriter for In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated musical set in Washington Heights featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. She also penned the screenplay for the 2021 film adaptation of that musical, and for the Disney animated film Vivo (also with songs by Miranda).
Hudes herself became a Pulitzer winner in 2012 for the dysfunctional family portrait Water by the Spoonful, and her other plays include Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (the Pulitzer-nominated prequel to Water by the Spoonful), Yemaya's Belly, and Daphne's Dive.
Hudes herself directs My Broken Language in New York in her directorial debut.
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