The Elliot Trilogy

The Elliot Trilogy
by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue – Teatro Paraguas, September 26 – October 13
Water by the Spoonful – Ironweed Productions, October 3 – 20
The Happiest Song Plays Last – Santa Fe Playhouse, October 10 – 27

Join the Santa Fe Playhouse, Teatro Paraguas, and Ironweed Productions for The Elliot Trilogy by Quiara Alegría Hudes!  The three theaters will be presenting one play each of the trilogy concurrently, so you may experience the whole story.  The trilogy revolves around Elliot Ortiz, a Puerto Rican Marine Veteran from Philadelphia.

This citywide event and collaboration among these three long-standing Santa Fe theater companies begins September 26, 2019, incorporating rolling three-week runs of each play in the trilogy: Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Teatro Paraguas) opens September 26; Water by the Spoonful (Ironweed Productions) opens October 3; and The Happiest Song Plays Last (Santa Fe Playhouse) opens October 10.

All three plays will run concurrently October 10–14, giving local patrons and tourists the extraordinary opportunity to see the entire Elliot Trilogy within the space of one weekend. Santa Fe area audiences also have the opportunity to see the Trilogy over five weekends.

Package tickets and single tickets are available through the Santa Fe Playhouse. We hope you have the chance to see all three!

Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue – Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Quiara Alegría Hudes takes a poignant look at the way war permeates our lives. Hudes’ spare, intense, and poetically resonant play speaks to the personal cost of war across the ages, spanning three generations of a Puerto Rican-American family. Elliot is a Marine Corps hero back from Iraq, his Pop was wounded in Vietnam, and his flute-playing Grandpop fought in Korea. In a fugue-like form, different wars and different tales are strung together as Ginny, his mother who was an army nurse in Viet Nam, seeks to reconcile the disparate parts and heal emotional wounds.

Water by the Spoonful In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” (aka Odessa Ortiz) leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life — a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier– forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer, however, in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in North Philly, Odessa Ortiz’s real-life family is falling apart. Her nephew, Elliot, has returned from Iraq both physically and emotionally broken. Her niece, Yaz, is unable to reconcile her identity as a North Philly girl from the barrio with her upper-crust, intellectual lifestyle. Her sister, who was the mother that Odessa could never be, is dying of cancer. Inventive and timely, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water By the Spoonful is a powerful, compassionate look at the meaning of family, and the burdens we must carry to protect it.

The Happiest Song Plays Last – The third and final in the Hudes Trilogy. We meet the characters a few years after Water by the Spoonful.  The Happiest Song Plays Last combines two different story lines tied together with the idea of community activism and the difficulties within – the show features live music.  Elliot has returned to the Middle East, but this time the fatigues he wears are a costume as he works on a docudrama with a young actress, an Iraqi refugee and an unseen tyrannical director. Back home in North Philly, Elliot’s unmarried cousin Yaz has taken the place of her aunt as a community caretaker. In between feeding the locals, Yaz suddenly finds herself falling for the two-decades-her-senior Augustin, a local practitioner of Puerto-Rican Jibaro music.