Mayor Walsh declares ‘Melinda Lopez Day’

Melinda Lopez
Melinda LopezSuzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

It might not have been marked on your calendar, but Saturday was officially “Melinda Lopez Day” here in Boston, proclaimed by Mayor Marty Walsh to honor her contributions to the Boston theatre scene. The playwright, actor, and educator’s many accomplishments include being named the first playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company in 2013, teaching acting and playwriting at Boston University and Wellesley College, and producing works such as “Becoming Cuba” and “Sonia Flew,” both performed by the Huntington Theatre Company. Lopez was presented with Walsh’s official proclamation by Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture for the city, on Saturday night at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at the Emerson/Paramount Center. The celebration took place following the world premiere of “Mala,” a one-woman play written and performed by Lopez.