From One ‘Heights’ to Another? In the Heights Playwright To Speak at City Tech

Quiara Alegria Hudes, writer of the hit play In the Heights.

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — New York City College of Technology (City Tech) and Theatreworks will present a talk by Tony Award-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., at Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay St.

Admission is free and open to the public. For ticket reservations go and click on “get tickets.”

Best known for writing the book for Broadway’s In the Heights, winner of four Tony awards including Best Musical, Hudes will give a talk and answer questions from the audience at City Tech. In the Heights also earned her the Lucille Lortel Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. She has been called “one of the most important playwrights of her generation” (Atlanta Journal Constitution) with “a confident and arresting voice” (The New York Times).

Hudes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2007 for her critically-acclaimed play, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue. She recently made Latina Magazine’s list of Top 100 Latinos of the Year as well as the cover of American Theatre Magazine. Her play Water by the Spoonful will premiere at Hartford Stage this fall. Another play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, will debut at the Goodman Theatre later this season.

Her plays have been published in numerous anthologies and have been produced in theaters around the around the world, including Centro de Bellas Artes (Puerto Rico), International Forum (Tokyo), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.) and Pantages Theater (Hollywood, Calif.).

She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York and was previously a Joyce Fellow at the Goodman Theatre, as well as a two-time fellow at the Sundance Theater Institute. After attending public school in New York City, she studied music composition at Yale and received her MFA in playwriting from Brown.

In addition to Hudes’ presentation, the event includes dance performances by City Tech students and those from other CUNY colleges. Production support is being provided by students and faculty of City Tech’s Department of Entertainment Technology.

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