Hudes also just put the finishing touches on a new work — her first post-trilogy play, which is set in a Philly bar and traces seven characters over 25 years. A pianist onstage will mark the changes in time.
‘‘I knew I wanted to write something that felt lighter and freer. Much lighter and freer,’’ she says. ‘‘Not so heavy and so I just started writing about this bar (where) I used to hang out when I was a kid.’’
Then there is her more immediate concern: a birth. She and her husband, a public defender, are expecting the arrival of a son in early February, their second child following a daughter born almost 6 years ago. While being a mother again is a challenge, there is an upside.
‘‘I do think it’s prolonging our youth a little bit. That inevitable empty nest phase of our lives has been pushed back a little farther,’’ she says. ‘‘I really look forward to that stage, but I still think I've extended my youth a little bit.’’
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