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Water By The Spoonful
May 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nick Luis presents “Water By the Spoonful”. In a far corner of the internet, moderator Haikumom (aka Odessa Ortiz) leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts, From behind their screens, these individuals who might never encounter each other in real life — a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier– forge a bond as strong as blood. Off the computer, however, in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in North Philly, Odessa Ortizs real-life family is falling apart. Her son, Elliot, has returned from Iraq both physically and emotionally broken. Her niece, Yaz, is unable to reconcile her identity as a North Philly girl from the barrio with her upper-crust, intellectual lifestyle. Her sister, who was the mother that Odessa could never be, is dying of cancer. Inventive and timely, Quiara Alegria Hudes Pulitzer Prize-winning Water By the Spoonful is a powerful, compassionate look at the meaning of family, and the burdens we must carry to protect it.