Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre

Playwright

Melinda Lopez is the playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre, Boston. The Mellon Foundation funds this three-year residency. She is the author of Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Co, North Coast Rep) and Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton Award Huntington Theatre, Steppenwolf, Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and many others.) Other plays include Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health), Gary (Steppenwolf First Look Repertory, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse), a new translation of Blood Wedding (Suffolk University), God Smells Like a Roast Pig (Women on Top Festival, Elliot Norton Award-- Outstanding Solo Performance), Midnight Sandwich/Medianoche (Coconut Grove Playhouse), The Order of Things (CentaStage, award winner--Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays). Melinda is currently working on a new translation of Yerma for ACT. Her new play Back the Night will premiere at the Boston Playwrights Theatre, Feb 2015. Her one-woman show, Mala, will be part of the 2016-2017 Arts Emerson season. 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, Sundance, 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. She teaches Theatre Studies at Wellesley College, and Playwriting at Boston University (MFA program). She makes her home in Boston.

Theatre

The Huntington Theatre Company engages, inspires, entertain,s and challenges audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works; we train and support the next generation of theater artists; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; and we celebrate the essential power of the theater to illuminate our common humanity. Founded by Boston University in 1982, and separately incorporated in 1986, the Huntington's relationship with Boston University remains our primary strategic and programmatic partnership. View, edit or add to their profile on the New Play Map.

More from the Residency

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows
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The Huntington Playwriting Fellows

a Model for Community Building

25 June 2017

Playwright Melinda Lopez and Charles Haugland discuss the ins and outs of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Playwriting Fellows program, and how it can serve as a model for other companies looking to fill a need in their communities. 

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows
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The Huntington Playwriting Fellows

Lisa Timmel, Local Playwrights, and Radical Hospitality

24 June 2017

Huntington Theatre Playwright in Residence Melinda Lopez talks with Director of New Work Lisa Timmel about the company’s new play development program and practicing generosity.

Why Melinda Lopez, Why Huntington?
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Why Melinda Lopez, Why Huntington?

15 March 2016

Artistic Directer Peter DuBois and Melinda Lopez express why their partnership has been both so natural and so successful.

The Constant Gardener
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The Constant Gardener

Melinda Lopez Reflects on Her Mellon Residency and Repotting

12 October 2015

Commons Producer Miranda Craigwell interviews Melinda Lopez about her experience as Playwright-in Residence at Huntington Theatre Company. 

The Mathematical Constant Grief (g!) as a By-Product of (Time)(Work) + Lorca
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The Mathematical Constant Grief (g!) as a By-Product of (Time)(Work) + Lorca

9 September 2014

I wrote this summer, but all channeled through the Lorca lens. Translating when you are sad, I can say, is a very good thing to do. You can experience wild creativity within very safe margins. It’s Lorca’s play. But I get to stand in his skin, and pretend. I get to leave the sad couch of my mind, and go somewhere else. Lorca is my Virgil.

Melinda Lopez's Playwriting Residency at Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
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Melinda Lopez's Playwriting Residency at Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

5 April 2014

HowlRound is working with playwright residency sites around the country to track the impact of what it means to have a playwright on staff. At each of the fourteen theaters we have a Commons Producer—a theater practitioner from the local community working with the theater and the playwright to tell the story of each residency and make the learning from this experiment accessible as it's happening. Periodically we will post these residency updates on HowlRound in the hopes that it will be useful to field-wide learning on the question of what it means to employ playwrights inside of theaters.

Poem
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Poem

Dispatch From the Suburbs

9 March 2014

I have been making apple scones / For a friend who died / Doug, my neighbor, whose last name / I don’t know