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Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue

By Quiara Alegria Hudes
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559364379, 72 pages, November 2012


Back home in Philadelphia, Elliot Ortiz, a nineteen-year-old Marine, contemplates his return to Iraq for a second tour of duty after being seriously wounded. In this “simple, poignant and achingly evocative play” (TimeOut New York), three Ortiz family members recount years of service to their country in wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, and the effects their service has had on the individual, the family and the community they live in. Melding a poetic dreamscape with a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue takes us on an unforgettable journey across time and generations. This Pulitzer Prize finalist is the first installment in Quiara Alegria Hudes' The Elliot Trilogy, which continues in Water By the Spoonful (Pulitzer Prize-winner) and concludes with The Happiest Song Plays Last.


“Without ever invoking politics, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue manages to be a deeply poetic, touching and often funny indictment of the war in Iraq.” 

- New York Times