Henry Godinez to Direct WATER BY THE SPOONFUL at the Court Theatre, 3/6-4/6

Court Theatre continues its 2013-2014 season with the Chicago premiere of Water by the Spoonful written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and directed by Henry Godinez. Water by the Spoonful will run March 6 - April 6, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8:00PM.

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Water by the Spoonful takes a painfully honest and surprisingly humorous look at the unconventional communities we create when we seek redemption from our personal failings. Dancing artfully from story to story, playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes unlocks an intimate portrait of both a family and the members of an online recovery community as they struggle with the harrowing consequences of addiction and relapse. An expansive play that covers the distance from Puerto Rico to Japan, Philadelphia to San Diego, and the virtual world to the physical, Water by the Spoonful ties together the lives of a host of unforgettable characters in a play of genuine warmth about forgiveness and redemption.

"I'm so excited to introduce Court's audience to Quiara Alegría Hudes' beautiful play, Water by the Spoonful, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012," says Artistic Director Charles Newell. "Quiara writes from a place of deep empathy and understanding, particularly in her portrayal of characters struggling with addiction. Her story of Americans in crisis is powerful and moving, punctuated by moments of unexpected joy. I'm thrilled that the artist leading this Chicago premiere of Water by the Spoonful is the inimitable Henry Godinez, making his directorial debut here at Court Theatre. Henry, a director I've long admired, shares my passion for Quiara's play, and I'm so pleased to welcome him to Court."

Water by the Spoonful features Charin Alvarez (Odessa/Haikumom), Daniel Cantor (Fountainhead), Yadira Correa (Yazmin), Anish Jethmalani (Aman/Ghost), Marissa Lichwick (Orangutan), Edgar Miguel Sanchez (Elliot), and Dexter Zollicoffer (Chutes and Ladders).

The artistic team includes John Boesche (Scenic & Production designer), Linda Roethke (Costume Designer), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer), Joshua Horvath (Sound Designer), Kevin O'Donnell (Sound Designer). The Stage Manager is Amanda Weener.

Henry Godinez (Director) is Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, and director of Goodman's Latino Theatre Festival. Most recently for the Goodman he fostered the co-production of Pedro Paramo with Teatro Buendia of Cuba, which premiered at Goodman in March of 2013. Also at Goodman he has directed The Sins of Sor Juana, Boleros for the Disenchanted (also world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre), Regina Taylor's Millennium Mambo, Straight as a Line, The Cook, Mariela in the Desert, Electricidad, Zoot Suit, and the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of Cloud Tectonics. Other Chicago credits: A Civil War Christmas (Northlight), A Year With Frog and Toad, Esperanza Rising (Chicago Children's Theatre 2006, 2013), Two Sisters and a Piano (Apple Tree), and Anna in the Tropics (Victory Gardens). Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista and has directed at Portland Center Stage, Signature Theatre Company in NYC, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He is the recipient of the 1999 TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the 2008 Chicago Latino Network's Latino Professional of the Year, and in 2010, was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Arts Council. Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Godinez is an associate professor at Northwestern University where he serves on the Editorial Board of the NU Press, and also proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Albany Park Theatre Project.

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