Out of the eight different show times that the Theatre Lila is presenting the play “LINES: A Theatre Lila Invention” at the Overture Center, I was fortunate enough to gain perspective from it on Saturday night. As Melisa Pereyra — the piece's director and also one of its writers — gave the typical spiel to “silence your cell phones,” she also encouraged the audience to “lean forward” and connect to the show. Following her directions, I tilted forward and locked my eyes
The play began with an adolescent girl singing the childhood nursery rhyme “Miss Mary Mack,” as she expressed her wonder about the pasts of Islamic, African and Hispanic women. She proceeded to repeatedly state “I have to know all of the before,” while each fierce female was introduced, giving a stereotypical description of their race. Though each narration, each of the females provoked laughter from the audience. They also succeeded in showcasing the different obstacles that people of color have faced, showing the young girl all of the different lines that connect and construct their lives.
“LINES” is a show that included a little bit of everything in terms of music, monologues, dancing
Though each difficulty was addressed through the diverse narratives, there was no specific solution or ending to the narratives, and story after story, I hastily wondered how each movement connected to the next. However, rather than trying to interpret what each detail of the play meant, I realized I must reflect on the show as a whole. It then hit me: each story was unfinished in the show because in reality all of these issues and tragedies are still occurring today. There is no fairytale ending to the hardships people of color have encountered, no termination
“LINES” was a way for each actress to become an incitement of change for the undeniable tragedies that females of color have faced and still face today. Beginning the show with