Production History

Melinda Lopez is the inaugural playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company and a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Sonia Flew (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards, dir. Nicholas Martin) inaugurated the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, in 2004. It has subsequently been produced at Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Laguna Playhouse, the Summer Playwrights Festival (NY), the Milagro Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and many others, and was broadcast on NPR's "The Play's The Thing!" Other plays include Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orchids to Octopi (IRNE Award, Central Square Theatre, commissioned by the National Institute of Health), Gary (Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory of New Work, 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, Kennedy Center Fund for New Plays), How Do You Spell Hope? (Underground Railway Theatre), and Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre Company and North Coast Repertory Theatre). She is among the first cohort to receive three-year-playwright-in-residency grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a "promising new voice in American Theatre."

  • BECOMING CUBA (Huntington Theatre Company, 2014; North Coast Rep, 2013)
  • FROM ORCHIDS TO OCTOPI: AN EVOLUTIONARY LOVE STORY (Underground Railway Theatre, 2009; Commissioned by the NIH & MIT)
  • CAROLINE IN JERSEY (Williamstown Theatre Festival, August 2009)
  • BLOOD WEDDING translation (Suffolk University, April 2009)
  • ALEXANDROS (Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach CA, May 2008)
  • GARY (Steppenwolf Theatre Company First Look New Play Festival, summer 2007; Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston MA, March 2008)
  • SONIA FLEW (Huntington Theatre Company, Boston MA, October 2004. Dir. Nicholas Martin; Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, 2006; Laguna Playhouse, 2006; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, 2006-2007; Milagro Theatre, Portland OR, 2007; and ongoing)
  • HOW DO YOU SPELL HOPE? (Underground Railway Theatre, 2001. Ongoing)
  • GIRL MEETS BOY: A COMEDY ABOUT THE UNIVERSE (Boston Museum of Science, ongoing)
  • SCENES FROM A BORDELLO (Boston Playwrights Theater, 2000)
  • THE ORDER OF THINGS (CentaStage, Boston, 2000)
  • MIDNIGHT SANDWICH/MEDIANOCHE; OR, GOD SMELLS LIKE A ROAST PIG (The Women on Top Theatre Festival, 1999; Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami FL, 1999; Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, 1999; Shakespeare and Company, Lenox MA, 2000)
    The Lesson (1999);
    What The Market Will Bear (2000);
    The Two Fifteen Local (2002);
    Bad Santa (2010);
    Downward Facing Dog (2011).