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Puerto Rico has been in the news a lot recently. The hurricane season has brought much angst to this usually joyful Caribbean island.

So, when I heard that actress and playwright Lala Costa was re-mounting "Calling Lala" as part of the حالیہ SoloFest in Los Angeles – I was intrigued.

She originally created the live solo دکھائیں back in 2016 as a love-letter to her Mom and fellow Puerto Ricans. Now, in the wake of all the devastation on the beloved island where she was born, would her upbeat, interactive exploration of Boricua flavor be even مزید powerful to audiences?

To find out, I asked Lala Costa a few questions:


Tell us about your live solo دکھائیں “Calling Lala.”

LALA: "Calling Lala" is comedic look at my Puerto Rican experience, from moving to the States to the current state of affairs. The دکھائیں is surrounded سے طرف کی characters, music, dancing and dreams. I am accompanied سے طرف کی my friend DJ Sku, who created the beats and موسیقی for the show. I also encourage the audience to interact and dance, and I've had some interesting moments dancing with the audience.

What inspired آپ to create the show?

LALA: My Mom inspired me to create the show. She has always inspired me to express myself in creative ways.

Has your approach to the material changed since آپ first performed it?

LALA: The دکھائیں premiered Off-Broadway, at New York's Theatre Row during United Solo's Theatre Festival, which was a goal I had set for myself and the experience was extraordinary. Since then, I remind myself of the excitement of the first دکھائیں and to have even مزید fun during each performance. Rehearsals are the most important part for me so that I have مزید freedom each time I perform. During rehearsals I improvise with Sku and come up with new moments for each performance. Then improvised moments that come up during the performance are then rehearsed for the following show. The دکھائیں keeps evolving.

What message do آپ hope audiences take away?

LALA: The دکھائیں started out as a funny love letter to my Mom and fellow Puerto Ricans. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, it has emerged even مزید relevant, shining a much needed spotlight on the island and its people -- such as being recognized as American. I want to put the Rican in AmeRICAN. I also want the audience to feel inspired to dream as well cherish what they already have in their lives.

Are آپ surprised سے طرف کی the response to the show?

LALA: I'm not surprised at all the laughs and tears because that's what I was going for. I am surprised at how specific audience members are when they come up to me about a particular way I کہا something یا certain gesture I made and how much they laughed because of it. That's when I realize how connected they are to the material. They are very detailed, and I am very impressed.

What’s the biggest lesson آپ learned from creating this show?[/b]

LALA: Being on stage is like life, آپ have to be ready for anything.

And, now just for fun:
Who’s your پسندیدہ actor/actress?


LALA: Melissa Leo. I got to meet her and she was lovely. And, Laurie Metcalf (It's a tie!) I have not met her, yet.

What character from the past do آپ wish آپ could have played?

LALA: Aurora from "Terms of Endearment”.

Favorite film, TV یا theatrical دکھائیں from your childhood.

LALA: Roseanne. The comedic timing was perfection. Can't wait for the reboot. (Would be a dream come true to work on the show).

Tell us one thing that would shock our readers to learn about you.

LALA: I don't know how to ride a bike!

How can شائقین keep up with you?

LALA: My website www.Lalisima.TV link
and Instagram: @TheLalaCosta link

Thanks, Lala -- we're definitely inspired!
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We currently still don't know if Jones will be releasing an album but it's محفوظ to say that if he is, it won't be released in 2018 with the سال currently ending. But an ایمیزون ad recently expressed that Jones will be having a new album and that it will be set in the Northwest with Seattle being the hotspot for filming locations. Jones currently hasn't announced anything on a new album. The ad referenced that the video would release on December 26th 2018.


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