Dara Malina is a director of theatre, performance, opera and film. She often makes politically-driven, art-forward, collaboratively-created or playwright-driven performance, and reinvents classic works while investigating avant-garde movements through a contemporary feminist lens. Currently, she is continuing development on an opera adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. (Mabou Mines RAP 2019) with composer Lacy Rose. In 2020, she received a grant with playwright Alexis Roblan from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre to premiere Roblan’s play, SAMUEL, which will premiere as an audioplay/visual installation in Summer 2021. Recent work: ENDOGAMY (Ensemble Studio Theatre), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (LIU-Post), MACHINAL (Pace), LACY ROSE & THE STARTLING QUARTET (HERE), WILL THEY PLAY GOLF ON MARS? (Dixon Place). MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts. Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges Jam.
Composer Lacy Rose & I have been adapting Clarice Lispector’s 1964 novel, THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. into an opera. It's about a woman who encounters a cockroach while cleaning her home, tastes the white stuff inside of the crushed insect, and has an existential awakening. We began working on the piece in 2019 at Catwalk Artists Residency and Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program. Throughout 2020, Lacy has been hard at work composing the rest of the piece.
July 22nd - August 14th @ The Tank
Playwright Alexis Roblan and I received a grant from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre to premiere Roblan’s play, SAMUEL. We are transforming the piece into an audio play / visual installation to be presented at The Tank July 22nd to August 14th at The Tank. Equal parts absurd humor and deep-seated existential dread, SAMUEL is an audio-visual experience exploring family, trauma, and the shifting nature of memory / reality.