Elliot Trilogy: 2ST to present one-day marathon

Second Stage Theatre will present a one-time-only marathon of all three plays in Quiara Alegría Hudes' "Elliot Trilogy," including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful, on 27 Jan 2013 at Second Stage Theatre.

The all day marathon will begin with an 11:30am reading of 'Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue,' directed by Davis McCallum, followed by the 3pm matinee performance of Water by the Spoonful, and concluding with a 7:30pm reading of 'The Happiest Song Plays Last,' directed by Eddie Torres.

Armando Riesco and Zabryna Guevara will appear in the complete trilogy and Water by the Spoonful cast members Frankie Faison and Ryan Shams will perform roles in 'The Happiest Song Plays Last.' 'Elliot, A Solider's Fugue' will include a full cast reunion from the 2006 Page 73 production with Triney Sandoval and Mateo Gomez in addition to Riesco and Guevara. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

All three plays will be performed at Second Stage Theatre's Tony Kiser Theatre. Tickets for the 3pm matinee of Water by the Spoonful on 27 Jan 2013 can be purchased online. Admission to the readings is by invitation only.

Originally produced by Page 73 in 2006, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist, 'Elliot, A Solider's Fugue,' is about a young marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father's and grandfather's service in Vietnam and Korea.

Water by the Spoonful, Elliot returns home to Philadelphia to reconnect with his Puerto Rican family after his time spent serving in Iraq. Upon arriving, he finds his family in flux and his career prospects limited. When an online support group begins to overshadow his aspirations for the future, the real and online worlds - one forged by blood, another by survival - collide.

'The Happiest Song Plays Last,' premiering this April at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, follows Elliot's struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career, while his cousin Yaz settles into her heroic new role as the heart and soul of her crumbling community. The play chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world.

Quiara Alegría Hudes

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