Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue

Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe Playhouse and Ironweed Productions present


The Elliot Trilogy 

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Three Plays – One Journey!

September 26th – October 27th

 

SANTA FE, NM – This fall, Teatro Paraguas, the Santa Fe Playhouse, and Ironweed Productions join forces - and a cast of 17 actors from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and beyond - to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning Quiara Alegría Hudes' masterful epic, The Elliot Trilogy, to Santa Fe. This powerful trilogy consists of Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue, Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful, and The Happiest Song Plays Last. The plays follow Elliot Ortiz from the battlegrounds of Iraq, to a Subway sandwich shop in his home of Philadelphia, to his roots in Puerto Rico, and back to the Middle East to confront a past that has haunted him since the war.  The plays span four generations and over 60 years, grappling with the impacts of war and addiction on families and how redemption can be found within intergenerational care, compassion, and wisdom. 

 

​September 26, 2019 will begin a rolling three-week run of each play in the trilogy: Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Teatro Paraguas) will open September 26, Water by the Spoonful (Ironweed Productions) will open October 3 and The Happiest Song Plays Last (Santa Fe Playhouse) will open October 10.  

 

The weekend of October 10, all three plays will be running concurrently, giving local patrons and tourists the opportunity to see the entire Trilogy within the space of one weekend. Santa Fe area audiences also have the opportunity to see the Trilogy over five weekends. 

 

Each of the plays is a standalone piece, but as Hudes herself notes, "you see two, three of the plays, you get that sense of family all of a sudden. The laughs get deeper, the pain gets more pronounced."  Don’t miss this community-wide event and collaboration among these three long-standing Santa Fe theatre companies.

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TICKETS for each play are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors, teachers and military, and $15 for students. 

A discounted Trilogy pass is also available.

     

 

Production Details:

 

Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue

Produced by Teatro Paraguas

Presented at Teatro Paraguas, 3205B Calle Marie

Directed by Alix Hudson

Performances - September 26th - October 13th

   Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Website: teatroparaguas.org

 

Water by the Spoonful

Produced by Ironweed Productions

Presented at the Teatro Paraguas Studio Space, 3205A Calle Marie

Directed by Valli Marie Rivera

Performances - October 3rd - October 20th

   Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm

Website: ironweedsantafe.com

 

The Happiest Song Plays Last

Produced by Santa Fe Playhouse

Presented at Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E De Vargas St.

Directed by Robyn Rikoon

Performances - October 10th - October 27th

   Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Website: santafeplayhouse.org


Brief Description: This fall, Teatro Paraguas, the Santa Fe Playhouse, and Ironweed Productions join forces - and a cast of 17 actors from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and beyond - to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning Quiara Alegría Hudes' masterful epic, The Elliot Trilogy, to Santa Fe. This powerful trilogy consists of Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue, Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful, and The Happiest Song Plays Last. The plays follow Elliot Ortiz from the battlegrounds of Iraq, to a Subway sandwich shop in his home of Philadelphia, to his roots in Puerto Rico, and back to the Middle East to confront a past that has haunted him since the war.  The plays span four generations and over 60 years, grappling with the impacts of war and addiction on families and how redemption can be found within intergenerational care, compassion, and wisdom.

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Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue


Characters

ELLIOT serving in Iraq, 1st Marine Division, 18-19 years old

POP  Elliot’s father, served in Viet Nam, 3rd Cavalry Division, various ages

GRANDPOP  Elliot’s grandfather, served in Korea, 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico, various ages

GINNY  Elliot’s mother, served in Viet Nam, Army Nurse Corps, various ages


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.





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