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After 21 performances, Mala has ended its run at in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box. It has been an incredible experience to see Melinda Lopez and the creative team bring this powerful experience to life. It has also been a great privilege to have so many audience members attend and engage in conversation. Mala’s honesty allowed us room to think about how chaotic and emotionally demanding caregiving can be, and how difficult those truths can be to talk…

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If you work in the arts in Boston, you know Justin Springer. He is what one might call a great connector, his work centered on inspiring activist movements through nontraditional marketing. He connects with his city one person at a time, developing relationships by personally inviting people to engage with a multitude of arts and cultural activities happening across the city on any given night. Photo credit: Craig Bailey/PERSPECTIVE Photo Justin didn’t always know he…

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  In February of 2015 I was sitting in a theater in Budapest watching Bela Pinter’s Our Secrets play out in the immediate aftermath of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s speech declaring that “multicultural society has been a failure” and reaffirming Vladimir Putin’s call for an “illiberal democracy”. Putin, come to think of it, was just leaving Hungary on the day we arrived, having come to celebrate Orban. At the time, I was struck by the…

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“You know Katherine, theatre is a lot like politics.” I have spent a large portion of my life hearing this phrase from my father, a former politician. Every time he says it, it’s as though the thought just occurred to him and the conversation is treated as such, spurring a similar sequence of points and connections between our shared love for trying to create the world as it could be. Thinking about the overlap between…

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    Early on in this World Premiere, one-woman-show, Melinda Lopez tells the gathered audience, “’Mala’ means ‘bad.’ Not that you have done something bad, but that you are, in your core, bad.” It’s a haunting indictment of character that looms over the entire play. Here, playwright and performer Melinda Lopez sits down with ArtsEmerson co-artistic director, and the director of Mala, David Dower, for a conversation about the emotional, cathartic, honest play they’ve created….

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