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Melinda Lopez

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company. Mala (2018) won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, and recently ran at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Upcoming projects include a translation of Yerma (Federico García Lorca) for the American Conservatory Theater. Her award-winning play Sonia Flew (2004) (Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award) had its world premiere as the Huntington’s inaugural production in the Wimberly Theatre, and has since been produced all over the country, including at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. Other plays include Becoming Cuba (2014) (Huntington Theatre Company), Back the Night (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theater, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health for the Darwin bicentennial), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Coconut Grove Playhouse), and multiple short plays. Ms. Lopez is among the first cohort of playwrights to receive a three-year residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and she was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by The Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the City of Boston, the National Education Association, and the Cambridge Arts Panel, and she has enjoyed residencies with Sundance, the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared in regional theatre (Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Portland Stage), film, and radio. She teaches theatre studies at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University. Ms. Lopez was mentioned by President Obama in his joint address to the Cuban and American people, and Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the City of Boston. She is active in the local Cuban American community and works to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba. For more information, visit friendsofcaritascubana.com and melindalopez.com.

 

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