THE STORY: MALA is a darkly funny tale about 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. It is a comical and brutally honest look at family dynamics, including stubborn parents and unequipped children, and explores the unsentimental poetry of everyday life. A one-woman tour-de-force for a powerful actress, MALA careens from comedy to deep pathos, while having the toughest conversation about the most common of events—the end of life.
“…deeply affecting and personal…Lopez…fashion[s] her language to create images that not only convey her feelings, but that stand alone as metaphors for the universality of her experience.” —TheaterMania.com. “…an exquisitely fashioned theater piece, brimming with humor, frustration and honesty as biting as the wind, snow and Arctic fantasy that blow through it.” —WBUR (Boston). “Sometimes a play pulls a Muhammad Ali on an unsuspecting viewer. It knocks you out… MALA also provokes candid introspection about our relationships with our parents and children, and bigger questions of death and faith.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis).