TITLE: WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
AUTHOR: Quiara Alegria Hudes
DIRECTOR: Ryan Holihan
RUN: July 20th – August 17th, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Open Call: Tuesday & Wednesday
Dates: Tuesday, May 28th & Wednesday, 29th, 2019
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date and Time: Thursday, May 30th, 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: Saturday, June 1st, Noon to 3pm
Regular Rehearsal: Starting Monday, June 3rd. Rehearsals will be Mondays thru Thursdays 7-10pm and Saturdays 11am to 2pm.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions.
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.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
ODESSA ORTIZ (aka Haikumom) (F, 39) Elliot’s biological mother and Yazmin’s aunt. Founder of an online chat room for recovering addicts, and a part-time janitor. Lives one notch above squalor. From Puerto Rican Family, lives in Philadelphia.
ELLIOT ORTIZ (M, 24) An Iraq War veteran with a slight limp. An aspiring actor and model. Currently working at a Subway sandwich shop. Yazmin’s cousin and Odessa’s birth son. From a Puerto Rican Family, lives in Philadelphia.
Yazmin Ortiz (F, 31) Odessa’s niece and Elliot’s cousin, who goes by Yaz, is in her first year as an adjunct professor of music. From a Puerto Rican Family, lives in Philadelphia.
FOUNTAINHEAD (aka John) (M, 38) A computer programmer and entrepreneur who lives on Philadelphia’s Main Line. The newest member of the chat room. White.
CHUTES&LADDERS (aka Clayton “Buddy” Wilkie) (M, 45-56) A former addict who lives in San Diego, he’s been working for the IRS since the 1980s. African-American.
ORANGUTAN (aka Madeleine Mays, birth name Yoshiko Sakai) (F, 31) Her adoptive family lives in Maine. She’s recently traveled back to Japan to teach English. A former addict, she has 90 days clean. Japanese Heritage.
A GHOST (M, 25-35) Also plays Professor Aman, an Arabic professor at Swarthmore, and a policeman in Japan.