“The long arc of a body of work is vital to a thriving American theater, and I’m both honored by and enthusiastic about Profile’s unique focus. Here’s to a season of reflection and looking forward!” – Quiara Alegría Hudes.

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The work of Quiara Alegría Hudes immerses us in the complexities and contradictions of community, legacy and family. Steeped in music – from classical to jazz to Latin to hip-hop – the plays of Ms. Hudes introduce us to characters ripe with humor whose tragic flaws, bone-deep loyalties and grit determination hook us and draw us into their stories. Her language – a high-wire act between poetry and contemporary conversation – illuminates the souls of her characters; soldiers, addicts, divorcees, music teachers, estranged parents, ghosts, stuntwomen – a band of misfits who, through her artistry, find a kind of healing in plays full of laughter, tears and a fierce passion for living.

Profile is pleased to present four of Ms. Hudes’ award winning plays, including the entirety of the Elliot Trilogy: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (Finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama); Water By the Spoonful (Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and The Happiest Song Plays Last. And in one of the most ambitious projects in Profile history, the final two titles will be performed in a rotating repertory for an immersive experience with these electrifying plays.

2017 Quiara Alegría Hudes Season

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
February 2-19, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Lance Corporal Elliot Ortiz, U.S.M.C. is a recently anointed hometown hero who returns from the Iraq War with a leg injury and a difficult question: Will he go back to war a second time? Tracing the legacy of combat service through three generations of a Puerto Rican family, this evocative, lyrical and occasionally humorous tale explores how the landscape of the soul is transformed by war. (Play one of the Elliot trilogy)
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26 Miles
June 15 – July 2, 2017
A desperate midnight phone call spurs a spontaneous road trip for a brilliant teen and her estranged mother. The reunited pair runs fast and furious from the secrets in their lives. So what if reality is nipping at their heels? Colliding together, they find connection, forgiveness and a part of their identities that has been missing all along.
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Water By the Spoonful
Plays in rotating repertory with the Happiest Song Plays Last.

November 1-19, 2017
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from the war in Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love.  In this fearless, heart-stirring Pulitzer Prize–winner, worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community and courage.  (Play two of the Elliot trilogy)
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The Happiest Song Plays Last
Plays in rotating repertory with Water by the Spoonful.

November 1-19, 2017
Iraq War vet Elliot has a bright new career: movie star. But shooting a film on location in Jordan, with the tumultuous Arab Spring rumbling nearby, he finds that his wartime nightmares have followed him into his new life. Back in Philadelphia, his cousin Yaz has her hands full cooking for the homeless and trying to keep her beloved community from crumbling. Set to the joyful sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, this final play of Hudes’ trilogy chronicles a year in the life of these two kindred souls as they search for love, meaning and a sense of hope in a quickly changing world. (Play three of the Elliot trilogy)
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In Dialogue Staged Readings
In Dialogue Staged Readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes’ body of work, as well as readings of Hudes plays not in the Main Stage season.  Staged Readings will be announced throughout the season.

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