Quiara Alegría Hudes

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Quiara Alegría Hudes (born 1977) is an American playwright and composer best known for writing the book for the musical In the Heights. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hudes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother.[2] They raised her in West Philadelphia, where she began composing music and writing.[3] She also studied at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School, taking piano lessons with Dolly Krasnopolsky. [4] She has stated that although she is of "Puerto Rican and Jewish blood", she was "raised by two Puerto Rican parents". Her step-father was a Puerto Rican entrepreneur. She graduated from Central High School. She studied music composition at Yale University, where she earned her B.A., and playwriting at Brown University, earning an M.F.A. She is a resident writer at New Dramatists and a previous Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. For the academic year 2011–2012, Hudes, a visiting writer in the theater department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, taught an advanced intensive course in playwriting.[5][6]


In its original Off-Broadway incarnation, In the Heights received the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; [7]was named Best Musical of 2007 by New York Magazine and Best of 2007 by the New York Times; and garnered Hudes an HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

Hudes' first play, Yemaya's Belly, received the 2003 Clauder Competition for New England Playwriting, the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, and the Kennedy Center/ACTF Latina Playwriting Award and had productions at the Portland Stage Company (2005), the Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia (2005),[8] and Miracle Theatre.[9]

Her play Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007.[10] The play premiered at Page 73 Productions at the Off-Broadway Culture Project in 2006, [11] and ran at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta in 2006.[12][13] The New York Times reviewer wrote that the play was "rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new."[11]

Her play 26 Miles received its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in the 2008-09 season, directed by Kent Gash.[14] Her children's musical Barrio Grrrrl! appeared at The Kennedy Center in 2009. In 2009, Hudes was a Pulitzer finalist for the second time for In the Heights, co-written with Lin-Manuel Miranda.[10] In 2012, her play Water by the Spoonful, which returns to the characters in Eliot, won the Pulitzer Prize after its premiere at the Hartford Stage Company.[15][10] Her latest play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, the third in the Eliot trilogy, opened at the Goodman Theater in Chicago on April 13, 2013,[16][17] and Off-Broadway at Second Stage in March 2014.[18]

In 2010, she was named a Fellow by United States Artists.[19]

Hudes's first children's book, In My Neighborhood, was published by Arthur Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, in 2010.

On October 27, 2011, Quiara Alegría Hudes was the second female (and first Hispanic) to be inducted into Central High School's Alumni Hall Of Fame.

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  1. ^ Gardley, Marcus (August 1, 2012). "Music is her Muse: Quiara Alegría Hudes and her Path to the Pulitzer". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth (September 17, 2013), "26 Miles, Quiara Hudes' Mother-Daughter Road-Trip Tale, Gets Chicago Premiere Starting Oct. 16", Playbill.com (Playbill, Inc.), retrieved November 1, 2013  |section= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary. "ASK PLAYBILL.COM: Those Pulitzer Finalists." Playbill.com April 20, 2007, accessed January 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Interview with Settlement alum and Pulitzer winner Quiara Hudes, September 20, 2012, retrieved December 5, 2013 
  5. ^ Wesleyan University Catalog 2011-2012, A Playwright's Workshop: Advanced. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Details on the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners, By The Associated Press. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  7. ^ In the Heights lortel.org, accessed May 5, 2015
  8. ^ Pressley, Nelson. "Signature's 'Belly': Not Quite Full"The Washington Post, November 16, 2005
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Caribbean Island Boy Comes of Age in Quiara Alegria Hudes' Award-Winning 'Yemaya's Belly', at Portland Stage" playbill.com, March 2, 2005
  10. ^ a b c Cox, Gordon (April 16, 2012). "Hudes scores Pulitzer: Playwright wins for 'Water'". Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved November 1, 2013.  |section= ignored (help)
  11. ^ a b Hoban, Phoebe. "Theater Review. 3 Generations of Soldiers' Stories in a Melancholy Key" The New York Times, February 7, 2006
  12. ^ " 'Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue' Listing" newdramatists.org, accessed May 5, 2015
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth. [ http://playbill.com/news/article/atlantas-alliance-announces-new-season-kicking-off-with-spelling-bee-131115/print "Atlanta's Alliance Announces New Season, Kicking Off With 'Spelling Bee'"] playbill.com, February 28, 2006
  14. ^ "Hudes Returns To Alliance Theater With 26 MILES, Opens 3/25". Atlanta.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Biography". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Goodman Theatre Premieres The Happiest Song Plays Last By Pulitzer Prize-Winner Quiara Alegría Hudes April 13 - May 12, A Commissioned Work With Jíbaro Music From Legendary Cuatro Player Nelson Gonzáles" (Press release). Goodman Theatre. March 22, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ Sullivan, Catey (March 22, 2013), "What Pulitzer Winner Quiara Alegria Hudes Loves About Chicago", Chicago Magazine (Chicago Magazine), retrieved November 1, 2013  |section= ignored (help)
  18. ^ Gordon, David. "Review. 'The Happiest Song Plays Last'" theatermania.com, March 3, 2014
  19. ^ "Meet the USA Fellows". USA Fellows. United States Artists. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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