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Starring in The College of Wooster's production of Water by the Spoonful are (left to right) William Stevenson, Marisa Adame, Stephanie Castrejon, and Noah Hibbard. 


Wooster to Present Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama Water by the Spoonful

Production comes to Freedlander Theatre this weekend

25 February, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — The Pulitzer Prize winning drama Water by the Spoonful will be presented by The College of Wooster's Department of Theatre and Dance this weekend (Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.) in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students. (Wooster students are admitted free of charge, but must reserve their tickets at the box office ahead of time).

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Jimmy A. Noriega, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Wooster, this gripping drama chronicles the life of an Iraq war veteran who struggles to put his life back in order following a tumultuous tour of duty. The play also follows a group of individuals facing the difficulties of drug addiction and recovery through an online discussion forum. It is a poignant yet humorous play that probes the dark side of addiction and battlefield trauma, but also, at its core, offers an inspirational message of redemption and hope.

"It's basically a story about two worlds — the real world and the one that exists online," said Noriega. "As the action progresses, the audience sees the two worlds come together in unexpected and surprising ways. The play is about two types of family — the one we are born into and the one we must make for ourselves."

Noriega chose the production because of his admiration for Hudes and the strength of her characters. "Hudes in the first Latina to win the Pulitzer for drama," he said. "Her play is an amazing script. I love the characters that she has created. It is exciting for our students to work on a contemporary text with so many important issues and with characters from such diverse backgrounds."

The play features nine characters, including Elliott (played by first-year student William Stevenson), a soldier who returns from Iraq with battlefield wounds and PTSD. Stevenson is joined by juniors Stephanie Castrejon, Noah Hibbard, and Summit Starr; sophomores Marisa Adame and Mary Jeffries; and first-years Jeremy Miller, Vincent Meredith, and Tristan Lopus.

"I am so proud of our actors," said Noriega. "They have worked very hard to tackle the many different and challenging issues present in the text. I have seen them grow and mature as performers, and I couldn't be more impressed by their efforts."

Additional information about the show is available by phone (330-263-2241) or e-mail