Quiara Alegria Hudes became the first Latina to win the
The play, about a wounded Hispanic soldier returning to his
Hudes, 34, was a finalist in 2007 for her play, "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue." which is the first play of what turns out to be a trilogy. "Water by the Spoonful" is the second play in that trio -- and a stand-alone work -- which follows the fortunes of Elliot Ruiz as family matters scuttle his grand plans and feed his own issues of guilt, anger and dependency.
Former Hartford Stage artistic director
Wilson also says the Pulitzer will "catapult" the play to be produced all over the country. So far, it has only been produced in Hartford. Davis McCallum directed and Armando Riesco starred in the play, which Hudes says was inspired by the jazz of John Coltrane.
Michael Stotts, managing director at the theater, says the Pulitzer will "absolutely empower" the theater's new play development at the theater "and will help make the case for developing new works."
Artistic director Darko Tresnjak says "my heart just lept out of my chest when I heard the news." The honor, he says, reflects on the theater's play development program, which also includes associate artistic director Hana Sharif, "who worked very closely with Quiara." Wilson says the Hudes did research for the play at Hartford's
The third play of the trilogy, "The Happiest Song Plays Last," is expected to receive a production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre season.
Hudes, who also was a finalist for a Pulitzer for her book to the musical, "In the Heights." Hudes is also working on developing a new musical based ion the book, "Like Water for Chocolate."
"Water by the Spoonful" was one of six plays nominated for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association New Play Award.