New York – Congratulations to Ching Valdes-Aran and Lola Pashalinski who were awarded the 2021 Ruth Maleczech Award, “two performers who embody Ruth’s daring and raw, naked, fearlessness.”
Ching Valdez-Aran most recently toured both nationally and internationally in Geoff Sobelle’s physical theater piece HOME for the past 2 1/2 years until the pandemic lock-down. HOME was choreographed by Mabou Mines’ very own award-winning choreographer, director, actor David Neumann. She has worked on Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway and regionally. Ching’s awards include: OBIE, FOX Fellow, Asian Cultural Council Fellow for Writing, Ma-Yi Theater for Artistic Achievement, U.S. Congressional Award in Arts & Culture and others.
“My RUTHIE is an award closest to my heart! Thank you. Ruth was not only my mentor but my inspiration and my friend. We enjoyed our times talking and drinking, with cigarettes on hand!,” recalled Ching.
Lola Pashalinksi is a founding member of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company where, with writer/director Charles Ludlam, she created 17 roles in 13 years. She received two OBIE awards for her work with the company. Since leaving the Ridiculous in 1980, Lola worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally in productions directed by Lee Breuer, Richard Foreman, JoAnne Akalaitis, Les Waters, Anne Bogart, David Gordon, Neil Bartlett, among others. With her life-partner Linda Chapman, she wrote and performed Gertrude And Alice: A Likeness to Loving, receiving her third OBIE in 2000. Lola made her Broadway debut in Fortunes’s Fool with the late Alan Bates. She’s appeared in many films and television shows, including Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close directed by Stephen Daldry and most recently, A Call To Spy.
The Ruth Maleczech Award is a no-strings-attached cash award granted by Mabou Mines together with Ruth’s family, Clove Galilee and Lute Breuer. The awardee is selected through a nomination process and is given to a performer who embodies Ruth’s daring and raw, naked, fearlessness in every performance. “The Ruthie” was created to honor Ruth Maleczech, the beloved artist/performer/director and co-founder of Mabou Mines. She was an inspiration, a mentor, and a role model for countless artists.
The Ruth Maleczech Award is funded, in part, by The W Trust. (A press statement by Mabou Mines)