Current and Recent Work:
I'm hosting a very mad Mad Hatter's Gin and Tea Party in Hollywood!
Homeward LA, a collection of monologues reflecting the true stories of people who have experienced homelessness in Los Angeles, raised over $100,000 from 54 productions over ten days for LA's Midnight Mission. The Midnight Mission has been providing services to help the homeless in LA since 1914! I was proud to have taken part as an actor.
Native Gardens at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
I played Pablo Del Valle in this comedy about new neighbors that get off to a very bad start. Congratulations to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley for winning the Regional Theater Tony Award for 2019!
May, 2013: Pure Intensity!
Check out the trailer I made with Art Center College of Design student Bryan Fugal.
April 2016: Song on Canvas
November 2015: Love and Information goes up at Son of Semele Ensemble. The production was subsequently nominated for numerous awards including Best Ensemble and Production of the Year!
April, 2014: Another Sunny Day in Denver!
Check out the episode 1 of the project I created with Patrick Byas and Akshay Kapoor!
July 2013: The trailer for Dust has arrived!
I'm so pleased with this project. What a wonderful experience!
More than 270,000 views and studio interest in a feature!
May, 2014: I'm playing the lead in Kimberly Rosenstock's hilarious play, 99 Ways to Fuck a Swan!
Photo: Kate Hagerty
August, 2013: I directed my first film!
It's a short called Working Out the Kinks. I'm in it too along with a great ensemble cast.
Enjoy this video profile of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
July - November, 2012:
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Nominated for a Henry Award for Best Production of the Year for the 2012-13 theater season in Denver!
I played the lead in Kristoffer Diaz's play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), in back-to-back productions at the Curious Theatre in Denver and Theatreworks in Colorado Springs. I am extremely proud of this production which garnered unanimous praise from audiences and reviewers in both cities.
Here are some of the things reviewers said about me:
"... the heart of the art and soul of this play belongs to Macedonio Guerra (Michael Lopez)."
Lisa Kennedy, the Denver Post
"There are distinct roles in the theatrical canon... that are so specific to
certain actors’ innate charm and physical characteristics that those actors
could play them from town to town for the next 10 years. Byas and Lopez live in the skins of their characters in that kind of way. It’s all the more remarkable that Byas, from New York, and Lopez, from California, are creating their roles for the first time here."
John Moore, CultureWest, Denver
I was subsequently nominated by Mr. Moore for the 2012 CultureWest.com True West Award for Best Actor in a comic role.
"...and you fall at least halfway in love with Michael Lopez, who gives Mace both vulnerability and dignity."
Juliette Wittman, Westword, Denver
Denver's Westword Magazine went on to name me 2012 Best Actor in a Comedy.
"Lopez (Mace), in particular, deserves recognition. The play rests primarily on his shoulders... Lopez manages to make you feel as though he's chatting with you across the bar."
Daliah Singer, 5280, The Denver Magazine
"LA-actor Michael Lopez gives this character real heart, telling his story with an easygoing demeanor and a wry wit."
Todd Wallinger, Colorado Springs Independent
"Lopez navigates Guerra with mesmerizing ease. Guerra is smart, funny and the audience’s lovable proxy. He seduces us with his humanity... "
T.D. Moblet-Martinez, the Colorado Springs Gazette