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Mala

By: Melinda Lopez
Narrated by: Melinda Lopez
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Publisher's summary

An utterly unsentimental journey toward the end of life, Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in the moment. Grounded in distinctive emotional language and sharp humor, this powerful one-woman show written and performed by Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) dances between a mother’s growing frailty and a daughter’s quest for grace—all set during an epic Boston winter. Rather than depict a right way, the play opens the door for conversation regarding our universal struggle to support those we love in dying, especially when all we’ve ever focused on is surviving.

Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala—which won the Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play in 2017—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.

Mala was written with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program, administered in partnership with Howlround. Mala was originally produced by Arts Emerson. Special thanks to P Carl, David Dower, Peter DuBois and the Huntington Theatre Company.

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©2019 Melinda Lopez (P)2019 AO Media LLC

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Publisher's summary

An utterly unsentimental journey toward the end of life, Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in the moment. Grounded in distinctive emotional language and sharp humor, this powerful one-woman show written and performed by Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) dances between a mother’s growing frailty and a daughter’s quest for grace—all set during an epic Boston winter. Rather than depict a right way, the play opens the door for conversation regarding our universal struggle to support those we love in dying, especially when all we’ve ever focused on is surviving.

Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala—which won the Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play in 2017—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.

Mala was written with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program, administered in partnership with Howlround. Mala was originally produced by Arts Emerson. Special thanks to P Carl, David Dower, Peter DuBois and the Huntington Theatre Company.

Experience this title in immersive 3D audio by setting your download quality to High within the app. Headphones recommended. For more, browse our entire collection of 3D audio listens.

©2019 Melinda Lopez (P)2019 AO Media LLC
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Our favorite moments from Mala

That’s what the Good Daughter does…
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Seriously, I am not in denial.
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She told me about the mouse blood.
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It’s not like my mother isn’t tough.
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  • That’s what the Good Daughter does…
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  • Seriously, I am not in denial.
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  • She told me about the mouse blood.
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  • It’s not like my mother isn’t tough.
Melinda Lopez

About the Author and Performer

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company, and a National Playwriting Fellow with the Mellon Foundation. Her plays have been seen all over the United States, and most recently in Cuba. Her work strives to bridge the 90 miles between the United States and Cuba. Mala, Sonia Flew, and Becoming Cuba are her best known plays. Ms. Lopez was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a “promising new voice in American Theatre.” She has served as a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cambridge Arts Panel, and has enjoyed residencies with the Huntington Playwriting Fellows, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, the Lark, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Harvard University. Ms. Lopez is also an actress and has appeared in regional theatres across the country, and works in film and radio. She teaches playwriting at Boston University and Wellesley College. She is active in the Cuban American community, raising funds for 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 Marty Walsh declared October 29, 2016 “Melinda Lopez Day” in the city of Boston, where she lives with her husband, daughter, giant yellow dog, and other critters. She has run two marathons, plays a little ukulele, and occasionally sleeps on the ground in the American Southwest.