Water by the Spoonful Setting

Quiara Alegría Hudes
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Philadelphia

The so-called “City of Brotherly Love” is the setting for the majority of the play’s actions. It is home to Elliot, Yazmin, and Odessa, and is the community from which Odessa operates her chat room.

Odessa’s Chat Room

The online chat room, set up as a place for crack cocaine addicts to come for anonymous support from other addicts is, in this play, a real place: online names / identities / avatars are given real voice, real physical presence, and real relationship by onstage actors and elements of setting.

Odessa’s Apartment

This is the place from which Odessa runs the chatroom; where she overdoses (in the middle of the second act); and where she and Yazmin have, in the aftermath of the overdose, some kind of encounter with a spiritual other world. The apartment, described in stage directions as being one step above a slum, is a...

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