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"Melinda Lopez conjures an absorbing dreamscape... an insightful, lyrical adaptation."The Boston Globe
"VISUALLY STUNNING! A beautiful elegy about life and longing."Jared Bowen, WGBH
"I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the production."Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce's Choices
"Beautifully directed by Melia Bensussen. REMARKABLE ACTING ALL AROUND!"South Shore Critic

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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  • An Uncontrollable Fate: An Interview with Melinda Lopez

    Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez’s work as a writer spans from stage to audiobooks: her play Sonia Flew was the inaugural production of the Wimberly Theatre in 2004; in 2018 her plays were published in Spanish and graced the stages of Cuba; more recently, her one-woman show Mala was released by Audible. As rehearsals began on her new adaptation of Yerma, she spoke with Literary/Marketing Apprentice Adriana Zuñiga about the discoveries Lorca made that resonate today.

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  • Kissing Barren Earth: Yerma, Then & Now

    “El andaluz o grita a las estrellas o besa el polvo rojizo de sus caminos.”
    — Federico García Lorca [translated below]

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  • Huntington’s ‘Yerma’ speaks the language of one woman’s obsession

    Yerma, says playwright Melinda Lopez, is an epic tale of a singular woman. In Federico García Lorca’s play, we watch the title character move through her life in the country, longing to become a mother, only to see that dream slip away from her. When her frustration and disappointment cause her to lose hope, the consequences are devastating.

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  • The Huntington’s ‘Yerma’ straddles two worlds

    Melinda Lopez vividly recalls the first time she became aware of the great Spanish playwright and poet Federico García Lorca.

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Press Reviews

"Melinda Lopez conjures an absorbing dreamscape... an insightful, lyrical adaptation."The Boston Globe
"VISUALLY STUNNING! A beautiful elegy about life and longing."Jared Bowen, WGBH
"I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the production."Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce's Choices
"Malouf captivates with her passionate, emotional turn in the leading role."Broadway World
"Beautifully directed by Melia Bensussen. REMARKABLE ACTING ALL AROUND!"South Shore Critic
"Malouf's performance keeps us riveted."The New England Theatre Geek
"Brilliantly adapted by Melinda Lopez... a visual and emotional work of art."Boston and Beyond
"Lopez proves again that she's one of Boston's most important writers."WBUR
"Melinda Lopez is so loved by Boston audiences."Edge Boston
"Melinda Lopez’s work is laced with humor while aiming to reveal universalities. It’s truthful, with an edge."Boston Magazine
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Zone 2
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Saturday matinee
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Zone 2
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Zone 3
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FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee
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Zone 3
$25
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Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
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