Winter Mainstage

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Water By The Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Morgan Rielly
Produced by Jonathan Gelb
McCormick Auditorium • February 17-18

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. Quiara Alegría 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.

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  • Odessa: Ziare Paul-Emile
  • Yaz: Lily Santiago
  • Elliot: Freddy Mauricio
  • Chutes & Ladders: Elliot Sagay
  • Orangutan: Grace Dolezal-Ng
  • Fountainhead: Noah Watkins
  • Ghost/Professor Aman/Policeman: Alex Milinazzo

Our Team

  • Producer: Jonathan Gelb
    • Assistant Producer: Jesse Rudnick
  • Director: Morgan Rielly
    • Assistant Director : Edson Montenegro
  • Stage Manager: Gracie Brakeman
    • Assistant Stage Manager: Nathaniel Smith
  • Costume Designer: Maria Silva-Inclan
    • Costume Runner: Harley Kirchoff
  • Lighting Designer: Mari Uchida
  • Set Designer: Brianna Downs
    • Assistant Set Designer: Sydney Thomas
  • Sound Designer: Isadora Porte
    • Assistant Sound Designer: Brooks Whitlock
  • Props Designer: John Stucky
  • Technical Director: Jack Byrne
  • Graphic Designer: Tatyana Aravena-Getzinger
  • Master Electrician: Amelia Langas
  • Fight Choreographer: Kenzie Smith
  • Principal Photographer: Melissa Cagan
  • Secondary Photographer: Mari Uchida
  • Odessa Photographer: Amira Danan
  • Director of Outreach: Allison Kaminsky
  • Director of Process Enrichment: Juliette Johnson
  • Dramaturg: Isabella Soto
  • Business Director: Chase Doggett
    • Assistant Business Director: Nadine Daher
  • Fundraising Director: Jake Rothstein
    • Fundraising Team: Mia Lennon

Interested in joining the Water By The Spoonful team? Email to get involved! All experience levels and grades welcome!