DREAM FUNDING: Melinda Lopez of Bedford will join the Boston-based Huntington Theatre Company in a full-time role as a playwright-in-residence as the result of a $245,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lopez, who was named to the first class of Huntington Playwriting Fellows in 2003, will begin a three-year residency on July 1.
During her residency, Lopez (inset below) plans to travel to Cuba for research while preparing her play, “Becoming Cuba,” for production, develop two additional plays, and begin work on a third. An accomplished actress who has performed in three Huntington productions, Lopez also teaches theater and performance at Wellesley College and playwriting at Boston University.
To be able to work closely with the ensemble’s artistic director, Peter DuBois, “and the entire Huntington community in a new capacity, and to be funded so I can write full time, is literally a dream come true,” Lopez said.
QUACKING IT UP: Eight local actors are performing in the Boston Children’s Theatre production of “Honk!” running through Feb. 24 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.
They are Alec Shiman of Brookline; Ally AqualinaPiscetello of Lexington; Kenley Buchanan, Carly Kastel, and Yarden Yacoby of Newton; Audree Hedequist and Alex Hudepohl of Wellesley; and Deirdre Pedersen of Westborough.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the musical describes the journey of a young bird to discover his inner beauty.
For ticket or other information, call 617-424-6634, ext. 222, or visit www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
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