by Melinda Lopez • Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara
On the eve of the Spanish-American war, widowed Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when her brother returns from the devastated countryside looking for medicine, and a charming American reporter stumbles into the shop, the rebellion comes home to Havana, and Adela, a loyal Spaniard, is forced to choose between country and family. By turns funny and impassioned, Becoming Cuba asks, is freedom something we all want? Playwright Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) captures the potent contradictions of a fledgling nation on the verge of becoming itself.
*Becoming Cuba was produced as part of the Huntington's 2013-2014 Season.
Melinda Lopez is the Huntington’s first playwright-in-residence and a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards) inaugurated the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA in 2004. It has subsequently been produced at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and many others. Her play Becoming Cuba was produced at the Huntington and North Coast Repertory Theatre. Other plays include Orchids to Octopi (Underground Railroad Theater, Elliot Norton Award), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look and Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), God Smells like a Roast Pig (Elliot Norton Award), and Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse). Ms. Lopez has appeared in Our Town, The Rose Tattoo, Persephone, and A Month in the Country at the Huntington and the Motherf**ker with the Hat at SpeakEasy Stage Company (Elliot Norton Award for Best Supporting Actress). She teaches playwriting at Boston University.
(As of June 2015)
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