In the Polk Rehearsal Room
11:30am and 2:30pm
FREE, reservations required
The Elliot Trilogy
|| Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes
Presented in association with Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Saturday, April 27 | 11:30am and 2:30pm
In the Polk Rehearsal Room | Goodman Theatre
Free, reserve tickets online or by calling the Goodman box office at 312.443.3800
Join us for this exclusive presentation of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ award-winning trilogy of plays following the life and times of Elliot Ruiz, a young Puerto Rican soldier from North Philadelphia who travels to Iraq and back and must come to terms with the ghosts that haunt him along the way. Presented in association with Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, companies that have both produced Hudes’ work in Chicago, the day will begin with free readings of the first two plays in the trilogy—Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Water by the Spoonful—presented in the Polk rehearsal room at Goodman Theatre. That evening, the Goodman presents a performance of the joyous final play in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, in its world premiere in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.
A stunningly lyrical play inspired by the formal structure of a Bach fugue, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue introduces us to three generations of soldiers in the Ruiz family, all of whom have been shaped, for better or worse, by their service. Water by the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012, was described by The New York Times as “a moving collage of lives in crisis.” Inspired by the chaotic beauty of jazz, the play combines the story of Elliot’s homecoming with the denizens of an online chat room for recovering addicts. The Happiest Song Plays Last, the final play in the trilogy, is set in both the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Elliot’s youth and on a movie set in Jordan where Elliot is reliving his war time experiences as an actor in a movie about the Iraq war. Woven together with the joyous sounds of jibaro music, or traditional Puerto Rican folk music, the play is about making change and building community one relationship at a time.
Limited tickets available!
Reading of Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue | Saturday, April 27 | 11:30am
Reading of Water by the Spoonful | Saturday, April 27 | 2:30pm SOLD OUT
Purchase tickets to The Happiest Song Plays Last on April 27 to experience the full trilogy in one day.