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Melinda Lopez is an actress, playwright, and educator.
- There’s a legend in my family about my great-grandmother, who lived through the Cuban War of Independence and the Spanish-American War. The Spanish came to take over her farm when she was 16 years old and sent her family to internment camps. The legend is that my great-grandmother refused to go; she took her pet pig under her arms and walked up into the mountain to join the rebels. That’s as much of the story as I could ever get from anyone. I always had an image of this young woman finding a way to survive a terrible war. The play that I eventually wrote is not her story, but it’s certainly infused with her spirit…
- On what inspired her to write Becoming Cuba in “AN INTERVIEW WITH MELINDA LOPEZ” (Huntington Theatre Company)
- I remember feeling that if I don’t express this somehow, I’ll despair, I’ll go mad. Looking back, part of it was about trying to impose some kind of order in a process that was decidedly chaotic. Because of my profession, I tend to understand the world in words, in sequences of events. What I saw later was that I was trying to document as clearly as possible an emotional journey. And it felt important at the time that I remember it in its entirety and its complexity.
- On what motivated her to write the play Sonia Flew in “Huntington’s Melinda Lopez Gets Personal with New Play” in BU Today (2018 Jan 17)
- I wanted to really be sure that the play never became a play about how to grieve…And in order to accomplish that I needed the play to remain in this time of confusion and chaos.
- On her play Mala in “Huntington’s Melinda Lopez Gets Personal with New Play” in BU Today (2018 Jan 17)
- We’re not allowed in an open way, in a public way, to talk about our grief and our experiences, our challenges, or our failures, which is what I tried to do.
- On the stigma regarding the talking of death and grief in “Huntington’s Melinda Lopez Gets Personal with New Play” in BU Today (2018 Jan 17)