The culturally varied worlds of North Philly infuse her early play The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! and the later Elliot, a Soldiers Fugue, and echo as well in her book for last season's Tony-winning musical In the Heights, set in another ethnically rich urban landscape, New York City's Washington Heights. [...] Hudes's experience of growing up in West Philly, the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Jewish father, fuels the coming-of-age tale at the center of her much-anticipated new play 26 Miles, which will receive two productions in 2008-09, beginning this spring at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. Hudes has been living in New York City since 2003, when she finished Brown University's MFA playwriting program, but she has returned to her old haunts in Philadelphia for a year while her husband, Raymond Beauchamp-anodier Philly native, Hudes's high school sweedieart and a recent law-school graduate-clerks here for a federal judge.
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