Modern Minority Theatre Company opens their first fall play

USC’s first student-run theatre company for artists of color awaits their Thursday night premiere of Water by the Spoonful

On Thursday night, the doors to the Massman Theatre will open at 7 p.m. for Modern Minority Theatre Company’s first ever fall play, Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

MMTC is USC’s first independent student production company focused on empowering underrepresented artists with platforms to express themselves, according to company president Dylan Locke.

MMTC artistic director Grace Power said the company chose Water by the Spoonful because of its undeniable beauty.

“The playwright tells a powerful story of addiction, PTSD, rehabilitation and finding your chosen family,” Power said.

The cast features actors from LatinX, Black and Asian communities.

As a half-Latina, half-white actor, cast member Stella Grimaldi has mostly played racially ambiguous roles.

“I’m really excited because I very rarely get to play Latina roles,” she said.

According to Grimaldi, the diversity within the cast has helped create a strong cohesive ensemble.

“Everyone is able to bring in their own personal experience. So, it really is art,” Water by the Spoonful director AJ Roa said. “That’s what theatre is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a reflection of the world, and the reality is that the world is not white.”

The play deals with issues of drug abuse and online communication in the digital age. According to Roa, it’s a play that can teach people of all colors, ages and backgrounds reduce their judgment of people living in difficult life circumstances.

“We’re talking about things that a lot of people reserve themselves from thinking about,” Roa said. “I think there’s a lot of judgement on the younger generation with the use of the internet and cyberspaces that can be just as harmful as it is helpful, and I think this play, for sure, highlights a lot of those helpful aspects of it all.”

The play is free for everyone, opens Thursday Oct. 17 and runs through the weekend. For more information and ticket reservations click here.