by Tom Swift

In Mala, Melinda Lopez writes: “Plays are about people who do extraordinary things. But the most ordinary thing you can do is die. Right? Everyone does. And the second most ordinary thing is to bear witness.” And yet, for as ordinary as death is, and as ordinary as bearing witness is, nothing connects us more deeply to our humanity and to each other than this shared experience of dying and bearing witness. When I heard the very first draft of this play in a room of five friends, we all bore witness to an extraordinary play that captures with humor, honesty and generosity the inescapable reality facing every one of us here in the audience tonight. Every one of us. We will all experience the ordinariness of the grief that accompanies loss.

-P. Carl, “A Note from the Dramaturg,” Mala program, Guthrie Theater, 9-22-2017