Storytellers

Quiara Alegría Hudes

Playwright + Storyteller

Second Stage Uptown's "The Happiest Song Plays Last" by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes

(Goodman Theatre, New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre)

RECENT WORK Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (Pulitzer finalist), Water by the Spoonful (2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and The Happiest Song Plays Last (opened at the Goodman Theater in 2013, opens at Second Stage in New York in 2014)

I’M HALF PUERTO RICAN, HALF JEWISH. I was raised in West Philadelphia on a block full of immigrants. My best friends were Vietnamese and Ethiopian. Then there was Addimu, an African-American performance artist who made musical instruments out of trash and put on virtuosic concerts for us on the sidewalk. How could I not develop a passion for stories?

WRITING IS THE ONLY WAY our stories would be heard. My mom told me how powerful the printed word is in this culture. I write to make people visible. Writing is an act of survival.

MY WORK, IN SIX WORDS: Spunky grrrl turns trash to gold.

 

Quiara Alegría Hudes

Playwright + Storyteller

Second Stage Uptown's "The Happiest Song Plays Last" by Quiara Alegría Hudes