Twenty shows, nineteen standing ovations. My heart has sung in response to hearing the enthusiasm, thrill, and emotions of each of those audience members as they leap to their feet for one of Lala’s shows. This past weekend’s performance of “Imagine-a-nation”, “Education”, and “Emancipation” made me more aware than ever of the importance of these stories to people here and now.
In the sharings after the shows, many speak of ‘the darkness’ or ‘the dark times’ that are all around us. They give voice to fears and worries, insecurities about what our changing planet and society has in store for us, and then, many breaking into tears, they say what a beacon of light Lala is, her message of love the exact remedy to our fears, and their hope that her stories spread like wildfire.
Stories are powerful mediums for changing our concepts of what is possible. The epics of our times work into our psyche, influence the way we perceive the world and our actions within it. Heroes become role models, offering us a path to follow. As a writer and a performer, I try to remain acutely aware of the permutating culture I work for. Lala is an unconventional, poetic, expressive, love-filled African-American heroine from another turn-of-a-century. She intends to inspire the passionate courage in all of us to throw off our fears and allow our incredible compassion for life rise. We need such indomitable, boldly creative, awake human beings in the midst of this transformational time.
I hope you will join us for our final weekend of “A Star Called Love; The Freedom Stories of Lala”. It has been a magical run, and the ending of this leg of Lala’s journey comes with sweet intensity. Every moment may be our last. But then again, it may also be our first. We invite you to join us for a free World Cafe Style Discussion of the deeper themes explored in the series. This is an opportunity to discuss the shows with many people, hearing the thoughts and concepts hidden within us all. Please come. Sunday June 12th 1-3pm Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave.