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Pulitzer winning drama, ‘Water by the Spoonful’ comes to Unicorn Theatre

"Water by the Spoonful", the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning drama opens April 25 at The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.
"Water by the Spoonful", the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning drama opens April 25 at The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.
Cynthia Levin and courtesy of The Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre continues its celebration of 40 consecutive years with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Water by the Spoonful” opening Friday, April 25, written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Mark Robbins.

Last week, The Unicorn successfully completed a capital campaign one month ahead of schedule to purchase their building and secure a permanent home, and this week open a Pulitzer Prize winning drama, a spokesman said.

“Water By The Spoonful” turns out to be a thoughtful, inventive, occasionally funny, at times moving story about addiction — about forgetting the unforgettable and forgiving the unforgivable in order to move on. It also explores the new ways we relate to one another – meaning, online – and the search for connection. There are enough vivid characters, fine writing, and startling moments – including the story that explains the title — to make the production at Second Stage worthwhile theatergoing, even if not entirely satisfying,” according to New York Theater.

Connection, addiction, and redemption, parts of the theme of “Water by the Spoonful” depicts a young Iraqi war veteran who comes home to reconnect with his family, only to find his mother running a chat room for recovering addicts. This multimedia journey stretches from Philadelphia to Puerto Rico exploring human connection in the digital age. Birth families splinter and online families collide as they all search for a safe haven in a messed up world.

Quiara Alegría Hudes also won the Tony Award for Best Book for the Musical, “In the Heights.”

“Water by the Spoonful” plays on the Jerome Stage and features: Keenan Ramos as Elliot Ortiz, Alisha Espinosa as Yazmin Ortiz, Dawnnie Mercado as Odessa/ Haikumom, Darren Kennedy as Fountainhead, Walter Coppage as Chutes & Ladders, Erika Crane Ricketts as Orangutan and Bryan Moses as Professor Amand/ A Ghost.

The show runs April 23rd – May 18, 2014. Previews are April 23, 24, and 25. Opening Night is April 26. Performances run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Talk back performances, where patrons are encouraged to stay after the show and discuss the play with the actors and director, are scheduled for April 29, May 4 and May 11.

The Unicorn is located at 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. Tickets are now on sale. Call 816-531-PLAY (7529) EXT. 10, online at UnicornTheatre.org or buy in person at the box office. Special discounts are available for seniors (65+), students and patrons under age 30.