Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of Quiara Alegría Hudes's Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, and The Director's Voice, Volume 2, edited by Jason Loewith.
Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, which will be available in paperback and hardcover, premiered at New York City's Culture Project in 2006, produced by Page 73 Productions. Elliot will receive a production at the Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, NC in January 2013.
Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue is the first installment of Hudes's The Elliot Trilogy, which was followed up with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful and will conclude with The Happiest Song Plays Last. Water by the Spoonful will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at New York City's Second Stage Theatre in December 2012, and The Happiest Song Plays Last will premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in April 2013.
In Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, in a crumbling urban lot that has been converted into a verdant sanctuary, a young Marine comes to terms with his father's service in Vietnam, as he decides whether to leave for a second tour of duty in Iraq. Melding a poetic dreamscape with a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Elliot takes us on an unforgettable journey across time and generations as Hudes lyrically traces the legacy of war on a single Puerto Rican family.
Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights, which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hudes is on the board of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which produced her first play in the tenth grade. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
The Director's Voice, Volume 2, edited by Jason Loewith, is a follow-up to the immensely popular first volume. This new collection of interviews, illustrated with over 60 photographs, "has a triple purpose," states Arthur Bartow in his Foreword, "to guide, provoke, seduce and enliven the ambitions of would-be directors; to refresh and validate already established theatre workers and to enshrine the ennobling ideals of the art of directing."
"Directors today are equipped with a larger toolbox than their forerunners, standing on their shoulders as well as those of pioneers in non-Western theatre, experimental visual art, community-based theatre and the ever-evolving commercial theatre scene." - Jason Loewith
The Director's Voice, Volume Two presents a cross-section of the most diverse and dynamic stage directors defining today's American theatre in conversation with director/producer Jason Loewith. Offering an unparalleled glimpse into these visionary minds that are reckoning with the question of how to engage, challenge and inspire twenty-first century audiences, it is clear that much has changed in the twenty years since The Director's Voice debuted. "The nonprofit model has been turned on its head," Loewith notes. "Institution-building is out for these directors; creating a distinctive voice from a multiplicity of influences is in." Sketching a compelling portrait of the art form in the new century, these directors include:
Anne Bogart • Mark Brokaw • Peter Brosius • Ping Chong • David Esbjornson • Oskar Eustis • Frank Galati • Michael Kahn • Moisés Kaufman • James Lapine • Elizabeth LeCompte • Emily Mann • Michael Mayer • Marion McClinton • Bill Rauch • Bartlett Sher • Julie Taymor • George C. Wolfe • Mary Zimmerman