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Water by the Spoonful
Quiara Alegría Hudes

This play continues the story of Elliot, who returns to Philadelphia as a veteran after serving in Iraq. He suffers from PTSD and feels adrift, not knowing where to find meaning in his life. His job at Subway keeps him afloat financially, but when his adoptive mother passes away, his mental health crumbles. Meanwhile, Elliot’s birth mother runs an online chat forum, providing a safe space for recovering addicts like herself. However, the online discourse is strained when Elliot tells the truth about his sister’s death, revealing that his biological mother’s negligence was the cause.

The play offers the opportunity for discussions around themes such as mental health and trauma, poverty and addiction.

· · 2011

Critical edition

Hudes, Quiara Alegría. Water by the Spoonful. Theatre Communications Group, 2017. 104 pp., ISBN 9783125752160

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  • Award-winning
  • Intercultural perspectives
  • Silenced voices