South Camden Theatre Company Announces The Opening of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

by Patricia Bradford

CAMDEN, N.J. — December 30, 2016 – South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theatre organization located in Camden, New Jersey will present WATER BY THE SPOONFUL by Quiara Alegría Hudes, opening Friday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m and running through January 29th at 2:00 p.m. There are 9 performances. Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

South Camden Theatre Company Announces The Opening of
WATER BY THE SPOONFUL by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Opening January 13 – January 29, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a heartfelt and poetic meditation of lives on the brink of redemption and self-discovery. 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 Ortiz’s real-life
family is falling apart. Her nephew, 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, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a powerful, compassionate look at the meaning
of family, and the burdens we carry to protect it. This play was also the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is being directed by SCTC Interim Artistic Director, Raymond Croce, Sr..
Ray states, “As the Interim Artistic Director of South Camden Theatre company my goal in choosing
plays is to make selections that show a cross section of our society. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is
a step in that direction. For the first time in our twelve year history we are presenting a full-length
play that was written by a female playwright and is centered on a Hispanic family. The play features a diversity of ethnic backgrounds not seen on our stage at any one time. My hope is that my first selection gives our audiences a glimpse of where our future is headed.”

He continued, “I want to see plays produced that will address the lives of our senior citizens and the issues that they face, plays that will look at love from different perspectives, and plays that speak directly to our hearts. I will continue to hold true to SCTC’s history of presenting topical plays but I want these plays to not only be thought-provoking but entertaining as well. I want my audiences to leave feeling better for having joined us for an evening.”

Amanda Diaz (Odessa) is from Camden, NJ
Jonathan Gonez (Elliot) Pemberton/Pennsauken, NJ
Irausa Ann Reilly (Yazmin) Cape May, NJ
Jennifer Ann Carroll (Orangutan) Riverton, NJ
Anthony Wilcox (Chutes and Ladders) Woodbury, NJ
Aaron Roberge (Fountainhead) Philadelphia, PA
Sam Freeman (Dr. Aman, et al) Marlton, NJ

The South Camden Theatre Company is the resident Theatre Company of the Waterfront South Theatre in Camden, NJ. This is our 12th season. We’ve been producing plays in our new home at the corner of 4th Street and Jasper Street, just off Broadway at Ferry Avenue since the Fall of 2010 when the theatre was completed. The theatre and the revitalization of the arts in the neighborhood are the inspiration of Father Michael Doyle of the Sacred Heart Church. Together we are anchoring the neighborhood’s rebirth into a welcoming, safe and desirable place for families, the arts and life.

South Camden Theatre Company
Robert Bingaman
400 Jasper Street
Camden, NJ 08104
(m) 609-471-4168

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Theater/Organization Phone: (856) 409-0365

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