Mala - October 01

Rogue Theater Company

 Who's Who 

  • Melinda Lopez                        (Playwright) head shot

    Melinda Lopez (Playwright)

    Melinda Lopez is a playwriting fellow at The Huntington Theatre, where Sonia Flew was developed and premiered in 2004. The play won the Elliott Norton Award for Best New Play and has been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, American Contemporary Theatre Festival and Laguna Playhouse. Gary, was developed at Steppenwolf and then produced at the Boston Playwright’s Theater. Her play Alexandros was commissioned by and received its premiere at the Laguna Playhouse in 2007. South Coast Repertory commissioned Caroline in New Jersey, which received its premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Lopez was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award. Her award-winning plays include Midnight/Sandwich/Medianoche, The Order of Things and How do you Spell Hope? She is also an actress and has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, and Shakespeare & Co. Ms. Lopez teaches theater and performance at Suffolk University and Wellesley College.

  • Vilma Silva (Actor) head shot

    Vilma Silva (Actor)

    Vilma is delighted to be making her Rogue Theater debut in Mala, her second Melinda Lopez play, after having appeared in Sonja Flew at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. Vilma has been a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 25 seasons, appearing in over 50 productions. Among her favorites are Destiny of Desire, Mojada, The River Bride, Water By The Spoonful, King Lear, Henry VIII, A View From The Bridge, The Taming of the Shrew, Gibraltar, Pericles, Two Sisters and a Piano, The Three Musketeers, and The Magic Fire. Other theaters include Steppenwolf Theatre, TheatreWorks, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theater Center, ACT, El Teatro Campesino, among others. Vilma represented OSF at Ten Chimneys as the 2011 recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. Vilma would like to especially thank Jessica and Penny for this wonderful experience, sends gratitude to Jim Edmundson, and dedicates Mala to her parents Vilma Perez and Silvio Antonio Silva-Re.

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