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Casting Announced for Pulitzer Winner WATER BY THE SPOONFUL at Second Stage Theatre


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LIZA COLÓN-ZAYAS           FRANKIE R. FAISON                              ZABRYNA GUEVARA                BILL HECK                      SUE JEAN KIM                         ARMANDO RIESCO
To Appear in Second Stage Theatre’s Production of

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner



Directed by DAVIS McCALLUM

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Previews Begin Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Opening Night is Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced the casting for its upcoming production of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Davis McCallum.  The company will feature LIZA COLÓN-ZAYAS (Second Stage’s Living Out, Our Lady of 121st Street), FRANKIE R. FAISON (The Wire, Tony nominee for Fences), ZABRYNA GUEVARA (Chimichangas and Zoloft, Taper’s Burn This), BILL HECK (Angels in America), SUE JEAN KIM (Assistance, The Hallway Trilogy), and ARMANDO RIESCO (Elliot in Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue).

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL will begin previews on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 and officially open on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street).  For more information, please visit

Elliot returns home to Philadelphia to reconnect with his Puerto Rican family after his time spent serving in Iraq.  Upon arriving, he finds his family in flux and his career prospects limited.  When his mother’s online support group begins to overshadow his aspirations for the future, the real and online worlds – one forged by blood, another by survival – collide in this funny, urgent and timely 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is the second in a trilogy of plays that began with Hudes’ Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, a play about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father's and grandfather’s service in Vietnam and Korea. The third play in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last, is scheduled to make its world premiere in April, 2013 at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL will have scenic design by Neil Patel,costume design by ESosa,lighting design by Russell Champa, sound design by Josh Schmidt, and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.


LIZA COLÓN-ZAYAS returns to Second Stage Theatre where she appeared in Lisa Loomer’s Living Out, for which she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award.  Shestarred in the world premiere production of Water by the Spoonful at Hartford Stage.  She also wrote, produced, and starred in a semi-autobiographical one-woman show, Sistah Supreme, and is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company.  Her off-Broadway credits include Othello; The Little Flower of East Orange; Our Lady of 121st Street and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (both directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman); and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.  Her television and film credits include: “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and United 93.

FRANKIE R. FAISON is well known to TV audiences for his performance as Commissioner Burrell on the HBO series "The Wire."  His many stage roles include Fences (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Getting Away with Murder, Of Mice and Men, The Iceman Cometh, and The Shadow Box.  His extensive film roles include all three Hannibal Lecter films, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal, and the original film, Manhunt.  Other films include Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, White Chicks, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Mississippi Burning, Do The Right Thing, and Ragtime, among many others.  Frankie starred on the FOX series "True Colors," the ABC series “Prey," and the PBS series, "A Hot Hero Sandwich." His numerous guest star appearances include “Lie To Me,” “The Good Wife,” "Army Wives,” "Law and Order," "The Cosby Show," "Hawk," and HBO's "Oz."

ZABRYNA GUEVARA starred in the world premiere production of Water by the Spoonful at Hartford Stage. Her theatre credits include Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theater Company), Burn This (Mark Taper Forum), Scarlet Letter (Intiman Theatre).  Her television and film credits include “Burn Notice,” “CSI,” Marley and Me, and All Good Things.

BILL HECK most recently appeared on stage as Joe Pitt in Angels in America at the Signature Theatre and opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice at The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park.  Other credits include the leading role in Horton Foote’s Orphans' Home Cycle for the Signature Theatre (Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Outer Critics Circle nom, Drama Desk nom).  On TV, he was recently seen on “Elementary” (opposite Lucy Liu) and “Person of Interest” (CBS), and in a recurring role on “Pan Am” for ABC.  He recently completed filming the independent film, Pit Stop, by writer/director Yen Tan.  

SUE JEAN KIM has appeared off-Broadway in Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), The Happy Sad (SPF 2009), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), and BFE (Playwrights Horizons /Long Wharf).  She has been involved with workshops and readings at Second Stage, MTC, BAFTA, NYTW, Atlantic, Ars Nova, New Dramatists, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and New York Stage & Film.  TV and film credits include Do No Harm (upcoming), Lily & Kat (upcoming), Bachelorette, “Glee,” “A Gifted Man,” “Delocated,” “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Fringe,” and “Gossip Girl.”

ARMANDO RIESCO created the character ofElliot in Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Culture Project), a role he also played in the Hartford Stage world premiere production of Water by the Spoonful.  His other theatre credits include Becky Shaw (Wilma Theatre) and Sonia Flew (Clurman Theatre).  His television and film credits include “A Gifted Man,” “Fringe,” “Kings,” National Treasure 1 & 2, and World Trade Center.


QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Water By the Spoonful.  Her play, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will premiere this spring at The Goodman Theatre.  Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musical In the Heights, which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist.  Hudes wrote the book and lyrics for a children’s musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. Hudes was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she recently returned to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia. Her first play was produced in the tenth grade by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, where she now serves as a board member and mentor to other young writers.  After graduating from public school, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel.  She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

DAVIS McCALLUM returns to Second Stage Theatre where he directed the world premiere of Michael Mitnick’s Sex Lives of Our Parents as part of last summer’s Uptown Series.  He recently directed the world premiere of Gabe Kahane and Seth Bockley’s February House at the Long Wharf Theatre, as well as its subsequent New York premiere at the Public Theater. Other New York credits include Sam Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort; Drama Desk Nomination), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb), Greg Moss’s punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), Chuck Mee’s Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre), Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (P73; Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Henry V (New Victory), Jane Eyre (The Acting Company), and Rob Urbinati’s West Moon Street (Prospect Theater). Regionally, he has directed productions at the Guthrie, the Old Globe, Humana, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Alliance, Chautauqua, the O’Neill, Playmakers Rep, Two River, and New York Stage & Film, among others. He also participated in the Drama League Director’s Project and the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, received a Boris Sagal Fellowship, and was a Princess Grace Honoree.

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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL will be performed from December 11, 2012 through Sunday, January 27, 2013 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

The following exceptions will be made to the regular performance schedule:

Wednesday, December 12 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, December 16 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Tuesday, December 25 – no performance

Sunday, December 30 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Tuesday, January 1 – no performance

Sunday, January 6 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Monday, January 7 – 8pm performance

Wednesday, January 9  no performance

Sunday, January 13 – 2pm and 7pm performances

All evening performances Wednesday – Friday, January 16 – 18, will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at

$30 UNDER 30 YOUTH ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE - patrons age 30 and under may purchase a limited number of specially-priced $30 tickets in advance.  Proof of age must be shown at the box office.

A limited number of student rush tickets are $18 and are available one hour prior to curtain. 

Group tickets are available at a discount by phoning 212-246-4422

Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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Founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman. 

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, ...Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, ...Spelling Bee), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 27 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 14 Lucille Lortel Awards, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened The Tony Kiser Theatre, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.


Second Stage Theatre has acquiredthe right to purchase the historic Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street.  With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions.  Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theatres on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.

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