Home Events Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez 


Mar 23 2020


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez 


Brookline Booksmiths presents Megan Sandberg-Zakian in conversation with Melinda Lopez on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday, 23 March 2020 at 4 p.m. Pacific / 6 p.m. Central / 7 p.m. Eastern. During the livestream, you can text questions for Megan and Melinda to (617) 651-1794. Please include your name (first name or initials only is fine!) and the location you’re listening from. We’ll get to as many as possible!

In her book THERE MUST BE HAPPY ENDINGS, Megan Sandberg-Zakian asks, Is it possible—is it even ethical?—to make hopeful art in an unjust and chaotic world? In the tradition of artist-essayists such as James Baldwin, Anne Lamott, and Adrienne Rich, Sandberg-Zakian looks to her own socially-engaged theater-making practice alongside a diverse array of cultural influences (from slave narratives to popular musicals, Batman to “This American Life”), considering how we might reconcile our desire for hope and possibility, connection and transformation, with the necessity of navigating darkness, despair, hate and violence.

Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a freelance theater director based in Jamaica Plain, MA, and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. There Must Be Happy Endings is her first book and is published by The 3rd Thing Press.

Melinda Lopez is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre. She was the 2109 recipient of the Sustained Excellence Award from the Elliott Norton Committee for her 20 years of theatre work in the Boston area. Her plays include MalaBecoming CubaOrchids to OctopiCaroline in JerseySonia Flew, and others. Melinda is also an actress and teaches playwriting at Boston University. She is currently working on an Audible Original immigration drama set now and during the Mariel Boatlift, 1980.

Brookline Booksmith is proud to be the official bookseller for this virtual event. Order here and select “media mail” for free shipping–your total will be adjusted when your order is processed. Thank you for supporting authors and independent bookstores!

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us.