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Melinda Lopez’s 'Mala’ to be shown on WGBH 2

Award-winning solo play chronicles the last year in the life of the playwright’s mother

Melinda Lopez's one-woman play "Mala" was staged by ArtsEmerson and later the Huntington.
Melinda Lopez's one-woman play "Mala" was staged by ArtsEmerson and later the Huntington.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

“Mala,’’ a solo play written and performed by Boston dramatist Melinda Lopez that was inspired by caring for her mother in the last year of the mother’s life, will be broadcast this Thursday at 10 p.m. on WGBH 2 and YouTube TV.

In my review of the 2016 premiere at ArtsEmerson, I described “Mala’’ as a “piercingly honest, exquisitely moving’’ play that “combines the intimacy of a deeply personal story with the ‘Yep, been there’ universality of experiences and emotions that most of us have had.’’

After winning the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for outstanding new script from the Boston Theater Critics Association, “Mala’’ was presented by the Huntington Theatre Company in 2018, again starring Lopez, again directed by David Dower. One of those performances was recorded by WGBH. Following Thursday’s broadcast of that performance, ArtsEmerson will host a pre-recorded online discussion between Lopez and Dower at www.ArtsEmersonBlog.org.

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“Mala” will continue to be available for on-demand streaming for 30 days at www.wgbh.org/mala beginning Friday.




Don Aucoin can be reached at donald.aucoin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeAucoin.