Water by the Spoonful

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Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize

“A combination poem, prayer, and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos.”—Variety

In North Philly, ex-Marine Elliot works at Subway, cares for his dying mom, and leans on his cousin Yaz as he tries to acclimate to civilian life. Online, four addicts cling to their chat room support group, struggling for another day sober. These lives collide as events small and large threaten their fragile stabilities, in this eloquent and haunting play about resilience, redemption, and families of both blood and choice. 

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Elliott Ortiz
Yazmin Ortiz
Chutes and Ladders
HaikuMom (Odessa)
Fountainhead (John)
Ghost & Professor Aman

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