Water By The Spoonful

Water By The Spoonful

By Quiara Alegria Hudes

Directed by Davis McCallum

Originally produced at Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT.

October 20, 2011 through November 13, 2011

About the Premiere Production:
A soldier returns from the war and struggles to put aside the demons that haunt him. His mother, a recovering addict, battles her own demons. The boundaries of family and friendship are stretched across time and cyberspace in this world-premiere drama. The second installment of a trilogy that began with Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue.

Artistic Statement: 
In Water by the Spoonful, the boundaries of family and friendship are stretched across time and cyberspace. Quiara Alegria Hudes has found a lyrical and dynamic way to dramatize an important yet theatrically elusive subject: how Internet has changed our lives and how it both connects us and keeps us distant from the rest of humanity.

-Darko Tresnjak

Grant Statement:
The grant specifically offers an additional week of rehearsal for the production. New plays are dynamic, and the rehearsal process is an invaluable tool for the playwright to explore, craft, and fine tune the work. This additional week of rehearsal will undoubtedly enhance the cast and creative team’s vision for the world premiere of Water by the Spoonful.

-Hana Sharif

Director: Davis McCallum

Set Design: Neil Patel

Lighting Design: Russell Champa

Sound Design: Bray Poor

Costume Design: Chloe Chapman

Michael Friedman, Composer


Pulitzer Prize, 2012 Winner

Subsequent Productions

Unicorn Theatre

Kansas City, MO

April 23, 2014 - May 18, 2014

The Old Globe

San Diego, CA

April 12, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Ashland, OR

March 26, 2014 - November 2, 2014

Court Theatre

Chicago, IL

March 6, 2014 - April 6, 2014

Arden Theatre Company

Philadelphia, PA

January 16, 2014 - March 16, 2014

Second Stage Theatre

New York, NY

December 12, 2012 - January 27, 2013


Family matters center around anguish

Mail Tribune

March 31, 2014

Water by the Spoonful: The Acclaimed Play Too Good for Broadway

Time Entertainment

January 24, 2013

Time Out New York

January 16, 2013

Huffington Post

January 11, 2013

Water by the Spoonful, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Makes a Splash in NYC


December 21, 2012

The New York Times

January 8, 2013

2nd Stage Theatre

December 14, 2012

Pulitzer Winner "Water By The Spoonful" Now Published

Hartford Courant

August 28, 2012

Quiara Alegria Hudes On Her Pulitzer Prize Win For ‘Water By The Spoonful’ (VIDEO) Huffington Post

April 18, 2012


April 17, 2012

Wall Street Journal

April 16, 2012

Water By the Spoonful Wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


April 16, 2012

Huffington Post

April 16, 2012

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

New York Times

April 16, 2012

Water by the Spoonful: A Love Supreme


September 26, 2011

Water By The Spoonful: The Evolution Of A Trilogy

Hartford Courant

October 27, 2011

Review of Water by the Spoonful

Talkin' Broadway

October 30, 2011