ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE
by QUIARA ALEGRÌA HUDES
Directed by DAVIS MCCALLUM
WORLD PREMIERE AND 2007 PULITZER FINALIST!
“Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new…Ms. Hudes already possesses a confident and arresting voice… The original tone and tempo of the play are immediately established as the unseen Elliott is evoked by his grandfather (poignantly played by Mateo Gomez); his passionate gardener mother, Ginny (beautifully acted by Zabryna Guevara); and his father (depicted with tragicomic flair by Triney Sandoval). Then Elliot himself appears, stripped down to a towel, a deceptively simple G.I. Joe, portrayed with perfect pitch by Armando Riesco….” – The New York Times
“Poignant and painfully evocative…” – Time Out New York
“Glorious… Breathtaking prose… Zabryna Guevara warms the play with the depth of her feeling as she fights to believe in life… Armando Riesco reveals suppressed feeling, obliquely expressing emotion like any soldier might when he tries to stay tough in the face of horror.” – Variety
With Mateo Gomez, Zabryna Guevara, Armando Riesco and Triney Sandoval
Set by Sandra Goldmark / Lighting by Joel Moritz / Costumes by Chloe Chapin / Original Music by Michael Friedman / Sound by Walter Trarbach and Gabe Wood
January 28, 2006 – February 19, 2006
45 Below (45 Bleecker Street)
At 18, Lance Corporal Elliot Oritz crossed over to Iraq. At 19, he received the Purple Heart. Now, back from active duty, Elliot is anointed a hometown hero. As he comes to terms with his memories of war, he uncovers the military experiences of both his father and grandfather, discovering the delicate link that unites the Ruiz men across time.
Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue transferred to El Museo del Barrio’s Teatro Heckscher (1230 Fifth Avenue) under the direction of Davis McCallum, with Teddy Canez, Mateo Gomez, James Martinez and Sheila Tapia and played from October 6 – October 29, 2006.
“… Hudes’s ability to realize character and to craft scenes for multiple voices is extraordinary. Elliot, and any other war veteran, should be grateful for such an articulate and tender advocate…” – The Village Voice