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"Mala" extends to Feb. 4 due to popular demand

MALA EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 4 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND – NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

(BOSTON) – Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company has extended the run of the ArtsEmerson production of Mala. This powerful personal drama is written and performed by Huntington Playwright-In-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba) and directed by David Dower (Mala and Mr. JoyBreath & Imagination at ArtsEmerson).

The added performances are Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, January 31 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Thursday, February 1 at 7:30pm; Friday, February 2 at 8pm; Saturday, February 3 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, February 4 at 2pm. Mala plays at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston.

The Boston Globe raves Mala is “piercingly honest and exquisitely moving,” and WBUR’s The ARTery says Mala is “candid, raw, and exhilarating!”

Production photos for Mala can be downloaded from the photo library on the Huntington’s website and a trailer video is also available.

A new block of seats are on sale now. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at huntingtontheatre.org, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End and Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave.

Set during the epic winter of 2015, Mala is inspired by text messages frantically typed on an iPhone by Lopez, while she cared for her increasingly frail and consistently fierce mother. These short missives ultimately create a moving and generous portrait of the way taking care of family tests, deepens, and changes our bonds to the ones we love. Lopez, a regular on Boston stages, also performs the play. 

Mala won the 2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script, and it was named one of the best plays of 2016 by The Boston Globe, WBUR’s ARTery, and DigBoston. This return engagement of Mala, back by popular demand, is funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic. Mala puts a sharp focus on what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org. 

ABOUT ARTSEMERSON
ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. It is dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen connections to each other. By cultivating diversity in the art and in the audience, ArtsEmerson ignites public conversation around the most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. ArtsEmerson is committed to welcoming everyone into its landmark venues, located in Boston’s downtown Theatre District, for a diverse program of contemporary theatre, film, and music from around the city and around the world. In addition, ArtsEmerson engages in a range of community partnerships and produces a series of initiatives that make visible the rich diversity of cultural activity in the region. These programs are core to ArtsEmerson’s mission and expresses commitment to civic responsibility to create a more cohesive society. ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and is led by Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David Howse. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.

PHOTO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
To download high-resolution (or smaller) photos of Mala:

  1. Visit huntingtontheatre.org/news/photo-library/2017-2018/mala/ 
  2. Click on the thumbnail and let the image load in your browser on the Flickr site.
  3. Click the " . . . " button in the lower right-hand corner of the window and select View All Sizes.
  4. Select the size you wish to download from the choices listed across the top of the image.
  5. Click the "Download the ___ size of this photo..." link at the top. The image will download to your computer. 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION AND CALENDAR
WHEN
January 6 – February 4, 2018
Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
Days and times vary; see complete schedule above. 

Press Opening: Wednesday, January 10, 6:30pm. RSVP online.

WHERE
South End / Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston

TICKETS
Single tickets starting at $25 and FlexPasses are on sale:

  • online at huntingtontheatre.org;
  • by phone at 617 266 0800; or
  • in person at the Huntington Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.

 Select discounts apply:

  • $5 off: seniors
  • $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required)
  • $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)

REMAINING SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH MALA

HUNTINGTON COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE RECEPTION
Thursday, January 11 at 6pm
Huntington Community Members are invited to a free pre-show reception on Thursday, January 11. There will be complimentary food and drinks, and attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the Huntington season as well as meet other interested theatregoers. Tickets to the 7:30pm performance of Mala should be purchased separately.

The Huntington Community Membership Initiative is a program designed to reduce the cost barrier of attending live theatre for those with limited income. The program’s goal is to diversify audiences to better represent the city of Boston. Community Members can purchase tickets to any available seat at any performance without restriction for just $20.

POST-SHOW CONVERSATION WITH HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL’S REVEREND GLORIA E. WHITE-HAMMOND AND PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALIST JANET L. ABRAHM
Sunday, January 14, after the 2pm performance 
Explore how palliative care specialists encourage healthy end-of-life conversations with Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond and palliative-care specialist Dr. Janet L. Abrahm. The conversation will be moderated by Director of New Work Charles Haugland.

Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD, MDiv, is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church and the Swartz resident practitioner in ministry studies at Harvard Divinity School. She retired from the South End Community Health Center in 2008 after serving 27 years as a dedicated pediatrician to families from some of Boston’s most challenged communities. In 1994, she launched the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry, “Do The Write Thing” for high-risk adolescent females. She co-founded My Sister’s Keeper in 2002, an initiative that champions human rights for women and girls in conflict zones. Currently, her work includes the “Planning Ahead” ministry at Bethel AME Church to encourage congregants to begin conversations about and document their advance care wishes. Along with a team of clergy, palliative care clinicians, and chaplains, she has organized colloquia to equip multi-faith community-based clergy persons to engage in more effective discussions to support their seriously ill members. She co-directs the joint Harvard Medical School and Harvard Divinity School course “Spirituality and Healing in Medicine.” She has been married to Reverend Ray Hammond, MD, since 1973. They are the grateful parents of Reverend Mariama White-Hammond who is married to Turahn Dorsey, and Adiya White-Hammond, and are doting grandparents to their spectacular granddaughter.  

Dr. Janet L. Abrahm, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is a member of the Adult Palliative Care Division in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has been a full-time palliative medicine specialist for over 20 years. In addition, she practiced for many years as a hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Abrahm is widely published in the area of palliative care, with a focus on palliative care for men and women with cancer. She served for almost 10 years as part of the leadership team of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and was a member of the examination writing committee for the first hospice and palliative medicine certifying examination offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The third edition of her book, A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Thursday, January 18 at 10am (Student matinee)
Friday, January 19 at 8pm
 
The Huntington Theatre Company offers ASL interpretation for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing at designated performances.

Seating for each ASL-interpreted performance is located in front rows of house left. Tickets are $20 for each Deaf patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.

STUDENT MATINEES
Thursday, January 18 at 10am
Thursday, January 25 at 10am
For students in grades 9–12. Tickets: $15. 
Student matinees include a pre-show in-school visit, a curriculum guide, a post-show Actors Forum, and a Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for more information.

A CONVERSATION WITH END-OF-LIFE COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST REVEREND ROSEMARY LLOYD
Saturday, January 20 after the 2pm performance
Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, adviser to the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s The Conversation Project – an interpersonal project dedicated to promoting and educating people in how to discuss their wishes at the end of their lives – will discuss the value of communication about death with moderator Charles Haugland, Director of New Work at the Huntington, after the 2pm performance on Saturday, January 20. 

Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv, is adviser to faith communities for The Conversation Project at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Lloyd organizes, educates, and supports clergy and congregations in having values-centered conversations with loved ones and healthcare providers about crucial end-of-life matters. Rev. Lloyd is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School. Her lifelong interest in end-of-life care and ethics is fueled by her experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she served The First Church in Boston and has spoken in a variety of congregational and healthcare settings on end-of-life issues for more than a decade. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute for Compassionate End of Life Care and an advocate for deepening the spiritual practice of embracing the reality of our mortality for the sake of having more joy in life.

HUMANITIES FORUM WITH HEBREW REHABILITATION CENTER CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER KATHLEEN BOYLE
Sunday, January 21 after the 2pm performance

Kathleen Boyle, clinical social worker in palliative care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and Director of New Work Charles Haugland discuss the ethics of end-of-life treatment as it relates to Mala following the 2pm performance on January 21.

Kathleen Boyle, MSW, LICSW, is the clinical social worker for the Palliative Care Team at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She focuses on the care of seniors and their families as they face chronic or terminal illness and assists them in formulating treatment plans that support their goals.  Previously, she has worked in hospice and community-based palliative care in both Massachusetts and Hawaii. She is committed to refining the model of palliative care practice, supporting patients and families facing challenging treatment decisions, and encouraging and developing staff competence and compassion related to end of life issues.

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