Art Imitates Life in Melinda Lopez’s New Play, Mala

"The play makes its world premiere at ArtsEmerson this month, and it represents a daring departure for Lopez, who began her career as an actress and has since become an award-winning playwright whose works have been performed in regional theaters here and nationwide (Lopez is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company). Her work is eclectic: Some plays focus on her Cuban-American heritage, but she’s also written about subjects ranging from music to mathematics, evolution to revolution. “Every work of art is about ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘What do we do?’” Lopez says. A common theme is about losing one’s home, and several plays attempt to strip away the stereotype of the Cuban-American woman. Her work is laced with humor while aiming to reveal universalities. It’s truthful, with an edge."


Patti Hartigan, "Art Imitates Life in Melinda Lopez’s New Play, Mala," Boston Magazine, November 2016, 

Jeremy D. Goodwin, "Melinda Lopez Comes Face to Face with Herself in Mala," October 26, 2016, Boston Globe