The Guthrie Theater presents the ArtsEmerson production of


written and performed by Melinda Lopez
directed by David Dower
dramaturgy by P. Carl


About the show

Funny, brutally honest and ultimately cathartic, Mala 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. This powerful one-woman show reveals an utterly unsentimental narrative on how we live, cope and survive in the moment. Grounded in humor, Mala dances between doctors and 911 calls, a mother’s growing frailty and a daughter’s quest for grace.

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In the news


Mala “provokes candid introspection about our relationships with our parents and children, and bigger questions of death and faith.”

Read the Star Tribune review.


"Great art provokes our memories, casts new light on our experiences, makes us recognize we are either more unique or more connected to other people than we knew. Mala is great art."

Read the MNPlaylist review.



Melinda Lopez as Mala


Director David Dower
Set Design Kris Holmes
Lighting Design Scott Pinkney
Projections Design Ari Herzig
Sound Design Arshan Gailus
Stage Manager Deb Acquavella
Guthrie Stage Manager Michele Hossle

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Post-play activities

The Guthrie’s presentation of Mala features two formats for audience engagement:

  • Post-Play Discussions: After the show in the theater, join a facilitated discussion about memory, loss, and bearing witness.
  • Community Reflection: After the show in the lobby, reflect upon how you might find grace and bear witness. 

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About ArtsEmerson

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. We are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the art and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.

About Level Nine

A groundbreaking initiative

Through the Level Nine Series, we’ve devoted our ninth floor to access for all and the creation of theater that wrestles with urgent questions and inspires dialogue. 

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