Yerma ;  A Conversation with Playwright Melinda Lopez

6/25/2019 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

After the 7:30pm performance of Yerma on Tuesday, June 25 stay for a post-show conversation with Melinda Lopez, playwright of Yerma.

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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.


About Yerma

Yerma, a young wife, wants nothing more than to have a child and become a devoted mother. As she watches her friends start their families, she begins to question her own value as a woman. Her desperate desire turns into an all-consuming obsession with devastating consequences. Beloved by Boston audiences, Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez reinvents Lorca’s classic masterpiece, infusing this searing drama with flamenco-inspired music and heart.

Approximate run time: Yerma plays in approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes, with no intermission. Please note: This production includes a smoking pipe effect (100% nicotine free).


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Melinda Lopez“I am profoundly grateful to the Huntington for bringing my adaptation of Yerma to the stage. As the Playwright-in-Residence, I have had the opportunity to deepen my craft as a playwright, and also pursue ideas that have haunted me for a long time — such as Yerma! I have always had a deep love for Lorca, and am beyond thrilled to bring my interpretation of his masterpiece to Boston.”— Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez

Peter DuBois“Melinda Lopez brings such resonance and poetry to Federico García Lorca’s Yerma – hers is the best English translation I’ve read. We are thrilled to bring together two of the Huntington’s most trusted artists, our playwright in residence Melinda Lopez and director Melia Bensussen, to create this new, visceral, and music-infused production of Lorca’s timeless work. Their collaboration promises to lift up the of the essential story of a woman unravelling under the pressures of society, religion, and nature.” — Peter DuBois

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