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Melinda Lopez

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company. Her play Mala (2018) (ArtsEmerson, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company) earned the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play and an Arts Impulse Award for Best Solo Performance. It is available on Audible. Other playwrighting credits include Back the Night (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Becoming Cuba (2014) (Huntington Theatre Company and North Coast Repertory Theatre), Caroline in Jersey (Williamston Theatre Company), and Sonia Flew (2004) (Huntington Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others). Her Spanish translations of Ser Cuba and Sonia Se Fue were presented at the 2018 National Theatre Festival in Camaguey, Cuba. Ms. Lopez is one of the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residents (Huntington Theatre Company) and a 2019 Mass Cultural Council Fellow in dramatic writing.Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared at the Huntington numerous times including Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. She actively provides humanitarian aid for the people of Cuba and was mentioned by President Obama in his speech to the Cuban and American people in 2016. Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the city of Boston. Upcoming works include Mariel, a radio drama about the Mariel Boatlift set in both 1980 and 2018. Ms. Lopez received the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence.

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