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SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2014)—2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful is an exciting new play from Quiara Alegría Hudes, the playwright behind the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. Elliot Ortiz is back in the States after serving in Iraq, reconnecting with family and starting a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an internet chat room seek support to face demons of their own, and soon the real world and the virtual one start to intersect in unexpected ways. The Hartford Courant calls it “funny, warm, and uplifting, with characters that stay with you long after the play is over!”

The Old Globe begins performances on April 12 of the California premiere of this award-winning play. Directed by Edward Torres, Water by the Spoonful will run through May 11 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run April 12 – April 16. Opening night is Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

As part of its continuing commitment to new ways of better serving the community through its art, The Old Globe has partnered with with local organizations Combat Arts and So Say We All and is happy to host an exhibit of art by returning veterans in Hattox Hall, above the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Curated by local artist and Combat Arts founder Elizabeth Washburn, the exhibit opens with a kick-off celebration on April 12 and will remain on display throughout the run of Water by the Spoonful. Exhibit hours will be one hour prior to performance, as well as full days on free Tuesdays, April 15 and April 22.

As part of the exhibit, a video installation from So Say We All showcases selected interviews from its Veteran Writers Program. So Say We All received seed money from Cal Humanities and The Center for the Book, in partnership with Oceanside and Downtown Central Libraries, to institute and facilitate a creative writing program and publication that serves veterans throughout the Southern California region. Its 2014 program, “Homecoming,” focuses on the journey veterans and their families experience during the transition from military to civilian life. More information can be found at

In conjunction with So Say We All Executive Director Justin Hudnall, the Globe will also host an evening of local veterans performing stories they have written about their service on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Selected participants from So Say We All’s Veteran Writers Program take the stage to perform stories from the forthcoming 2014 anthology, “Homecoming,” featuring darkly funny and surprising stories from those who served.

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. FREE. Informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. The seminar features a panel selected from the artistic company of the production and takes place in the theatre where the production is performed. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, April 22 and 29 and Wednesday, May 7. FREE. Discuss the play with members of the Water by the Spoonful cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

SUBJECT MATTERS: Saturday, May 10. FREE. Following the 2:00 p.m. performance, explore the ideas and issues raised by the production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts. Guest speakers Elizabeth Washburn of Combat Arts and Justin Hudnall of So Say We All will speak about their work with returning veterans and will offer audience members a guided tour of the exhibit of artwork by local veteran artists and writers.

We would love to arrange your coverage of these great surround events! Interviews are available with the director, cast members, the Globe’s Director of Education Roberta Wells-Famula, Combat Arts founder Elizabeth Washburn, and So Say We All Executive Director Justin Hudnall. Please contact Susan Chicoine at, or call (619) 325-9416.

The cast of Water by the Spoonful: Rey Lucas (Elliot Ortiz, The Rainmaker on Broadway), Robert Eli (Fountainhead aka John; Tartuffe on Broadway), Sarah Nina Hayon (Yazmin Ortiz; A Bright New Boise), San Diego local M. Keala Milles, Jr. (Ghost, Professor Aman, Policeman; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at ion theatre company), Ruibo Qian (Orangutan; Henry IV, Miss Julie), Keith Randolph Smith (Chutes&Ladders, a San Diego resident; Broadway’s Fences with Denzel Washington and Salome with Al Pacino), and Marilyn Torres (Odessa Ortiz aka Haikumom; The Agony & the Agony).

The creative team includes Old Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Jess Slocum (Stage Manager).

Water by the Spoonful is supported in part through gifts from Elaine Lipinsky Family Foundation, The Prado at Balboa Park, and Gen7 Wines.

TICKETS to Water by the Spoonful can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on April 12 and continue through May 11. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, April 30 and no matinee performance on Saturday, May 3. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available during performances ($10). For additional parking information visit

A REMINDER: Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, which provides access to Laurel Street and the west side of the Park, will be closed to automobiles and vehicular traffic through June during Caltrans’s seismic retrofitting process. The bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles, so patrons could arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. To access The Old Globe during this repair period, vehicle traffic should enter Balboa Park from the east via Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The Organ Pavilion and the Hall of Champions lots all offer ample parking, and a lovely short walk through the Park. Due to improvements under way, the parking lot adjacent to the Alcazar Garden will be temporarily closed through mid-May to increase the number of spots available to disabled users of the Park. During this time, the City of San Diego will extend the hours of the beautiful new Balboa Park trams until after Old Globe performances have concluded; running until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and until 11:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Audience members wishing to take the trams to and from the Globe should park near the pick-up location at Inspiration Point (east of Park Boulevard at President’s Way), where they depart every 10-15 minutes and deliver guests to the heart of Balboa Park at the Plaza de Panama. The trams do not have stops at the Organ Pavilion or Hall of Champions lots. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit

CALENDAR: Time and the Conways (3/29-5/4), Water by the Spoonful (4/12-5/11), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (5/17-6/22), Dog and Pony (5/28-6/29), Othello (6/22-7/27), Into the Woods (7/12-8/10), Quartet (7/25-8/24), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (8/10-9/14).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images and b-roll of The Old Globe’s productions are available at

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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