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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Casting and More for MALA By Melinda Lopez

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Melinda Lopez's play, MALA, is a darkly funny and unsentimentally poetic solo-performer tour de force featuring Milwaukee favorite Rána Roman.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Casting and More for MALA By Melinda Lopez

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre announces full casting and production details for MALA by Melinda Lopez directed by Artistic Director Brent Hazelton. MALA opens Saturday, January 22nd at 8pm. The preview night is on Friday, January 21st at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased via the MCT website, milwaukeechambertheatre.org/tickets or by calling 414-291-7800.

Melinda Lopez's play, MALA, is a darkly funny and unsentimentally poetic solo-performer tour de force featuring Milwaukee favorite Rána Roman. In MALA, an adult daughter strives to live up to the unpredictable demands of caregiving for her aging mother while navigating this new stage of their lives and relationship. Maddening and moving, hard and hopeful, trying and triumphant-it's only in letting go of trying to be the perfect child that Mala becomes a good one.

"MALA invites us to be vulnerable, to forgive ourselves and others, express compassion, and lets us know that there is no one who will teach us how to navigate life--we just have to move through it the best we can," said MCT Marketing Director Nicole Acosta.

Prior to joining Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as Artistic Director, Whitewater native Hazelton spent 20 seasons at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, including ten as Associate Artistic Director, where he directed critically and popularly acclaimed productions including LIBERACE!, HOW THE WORLD BEGAN, THE WHIPPING MAN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MCGUIRE, OUR TOWN, and GUARDS AT THE TAJ. After directing the 2020/21 MCT virtual season production of UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, Brent is thrilled to make his in-person MCT directing debut with MALA. He will also direct Paula Vogel's INDECENT coming up March 2022.

"Through MALA, Lopez offers a deeply personal perspective on what it means to be a caretaker, family member, and human, and she roots all of her work in her personal mission to create complex Latina characters and put them center stage," said Hazelton. "MALA is funny, cathartic, and offers an honest examination of what happens when we find ourselves unprepared for impossible situations. And I'm thrilled to collaborate with Rana on the play. Her sensitivity, abundant heart, and wonderful sense of humor are a perfect match for the play.

Rána Roman is a Milwaukee native and a proud graduate of the Milwaukee H.S. of the Arts. She is honored to be back at MCT bringing this beautiful story to life. She is deeply grateful for all the hard work and compassion that has gone into getting our doors open again. Join us for a special appearance by Rána on January 13th at Latino Arts at the United Community Center at 5:30pm for HERE2PLAY.

MCT is excited to introduce HERE2PLAY in partnership with Latino Arts at United Community Center. HERE2PLAY is a sneak peek into MCT's upcoming production of MALA by Melinda Lopez. Through collective conversation, a live performance, and of course, food, and live music by Caña Brava. HERE2PLAY is a chance to immerse yourself in the world of the play alongside your neighbors and hear directly from the artists about their personal connection to the story, all before opening night. RSVP to this free community event here: https://forms.office.com/r/Bm77vD2MzB

The creative team includes Stage Management by Emily Wright, Scenic Design by Lisa Schlenker, Costume Design by Jazmin Aurora Medina, Sound Design by Josh Schmidt, Lighting Design by Colin Gawronski, Associate Scenic and Properties Design by Simone Tegge, Dramaturgy by Nicole Acosta, Scenic Construction by Ron Scot Fry, and ASM/COVID Safety Management by Matthew Lewis.

MALA runs from January 21st until February 13th. Tickets can be purchased by calling 414-291-7800 or ordering online at www.milwaukeechambertheatre.org/tickets. More information about MCT, it's 21/22 season, how to purchase tickets, and how to donate can be found at www.milwaukeechambertheatre.org. For Talk Theatre, ViewPoints and TalkBack dates visit https://www.milwaukeechambertheatre.org/continuing-the-conversation.


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