Over the last weekend, “The Emancipation of Lala” debuted at the Pacific Cultural Center. I’m hoping our reviewers will find the words for their experience, because most of us lost all capacity to speak.
It was a “meditation”, a “ritual”, an experience transcending space, time, and many versions of reality. The sharing of thoughts and feelings after the performance revealed the depth to which viewers were moved, as tears sprung in eyes as people struggled to express what seeing this show meant to them. A young boy said,
“It was amazing. There were some parts I didn’t understand, but I could FEEL how important it was.”
Up until this weekend, the adjective “amazing” was the most common phrase used in conjunction with the three Lala plays. Now, “thank you” is the most frequent expression. And we return it with the same spirit and heart with which it has been offered. One woman shared her poetic feeling with us,
“I feel more like love than a human being.” (after seeing the show.)
To be a part and participant in the telling of these stories has been an incredibly humbling journey. I am awed by the grace and beauty that emerges from our audience, and their sincerity and willingness to share it with each other, the production team, and me. I get goosepimples up my arms when I walk into a coffee shop, and people come up to me to say how affected they are, or that someone had just come in raving about the Lala plays, insisting that everyone in the room go see them. It is humbling, because I know this is our viewers honoring ALL the hard work, talent, and inspiration of so many people who have contributed to the incredible nature of these plays. I wish that one day we could all be in a room together, seeing the light of the ‘star called love’ that shines in the hundreds of eyes that made these shows possible.
Thank you, Rivera Sun