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My Broken Language

My Broken Language

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Born in Philadelphia to a Jewish father and an enigmatic Puerto Rican mother, Quiara Alegría Hudes had a love-and-trouble-filled upbringing, haunted by the unspoken, untold family secrets of the barrio. In the face of real world wounds, the powerful, Orisha-like women of her family possessed a strength, joy and sensuality that left a young Quiara awe struck. She vowed to tell their stories.

But confronted by a world that treated her like an outsider, Quiara knew she must find a new language, one which reflected the multiple cultures that raised this Puerto Rican child of North Philly. Written and spoken, English and Spanish, sacred and profane as her search for a way to share her family’s story deepened, an artist emerged, ready to speak her truth.

An inspired exploration of home, family and memory, My BROKEN LANGUAGE is the story of a sharp-eyed observer who finds her voice and learns to boldly tell the stories that only she can tell.

About the Author

Quiara Alegría Hudes is an American playwright, lyricist and essayist. She is best known for writing the musical and screenplay adaptation of In the Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hailed for her work's exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.