Mala ; A conversation with Harvard Divinity School's Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond and Palliative Care Specialist Janet L. Abrahm

1/14/2018 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

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.



About Mala

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.

Named one of the best plays of the year by The Boston Globe, WBUR’s The ARTery, and DigBoston when it premiered at ArtsEmerson, this powerful one-woman show written by and featuring Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew, Becoming Cuba) dances between a mother’s growing frailty and a daughter’s quest for grace — all set during an epic Boston winter.

The Huntington is pleased to present the ArtsEmerson production of Mala.

Approximate run time: 80 minutes with no intermission.

Seating at select performances of Mala is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call the Huntington Box Office at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.


Melinda Lopez“I am thrilled to bring Mala back to Boston. The Huntington has provided me the time and space to continue to create new work as their playwright-in-residence, and I am grateful to them for remounting the original production, as this play is extremely close to my heart.”— Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez
David Dower“It was a true joy collaborating with Melinda on the premiere of her play, Mala. The humor, intelligence and courage that Melinda brought to her writing immediately resonated and provided a great foundation to tell her important story, universal to so many.”— Director David Dower, ArtsEmerson's Co-Artistic Director

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