Quiara Alegria Hudes’ ‘Water by the Spoonful’ wins drama Pulitzer

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‘Water by the Spoonful,’ a recent play by Quiara Alegría Hudes about a war veteran and four disparate lives that come together in an online chatroom, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama, it was announced on Monday. The play was performed at Hartford Stage Co. in Connecticut last fall.

Hudes was a Pulitzer finalist in 2007 for ‘Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue.’ She was nominated for a Tony in 2008 for writing the book for the Broadway musical ‘In the Heights.’


‘Water by the Spoonful’ beat out two finalists: ‘Other Desert Cities’ by Jon Robin Baitz and ‘Sons of the Prophet’ by Stephen Karam. Last year’s drama winner was ‘Clybourne Park’ by Bruce Norris, which recently ran at the Mark Taper Forum and opens this week on Broadway.

‘Water by the Spoonful’ is the second play in a planned trilogy by Hudes, with ‘Elliot’ serving as the first installment. ‘Water’ follows an Iraq war veteran who is struggling with civilan life. His story runs in parallel with those of four individuals who connect on an online chatroom dedicated to recovering drug addicts.

Frank Rizzo, theater critic at the Hartford Courant, wrote in his review that it is ‘one of the best new plays I’ve seen in years.’ This year’s drama jury was led by Steven Leigh Morris, a reviewer for L.A. Weekly.


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-- David Ng