“Come from away” is a Broadway play set in the week following the september 11 attacks, and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of gander, Canada.
Caesar Samayoa manages to play five diverse characters overt the course of 90 minutes.
The story was written by Irene Sankoff, a librettist, composer and lyricist of Canadian origin who co-wrote this story with her partner and husband David Hein.
Our host Anna Barbi, asked Samayoa about her latin influences and how they have become part of his inspiration:
Do you think having a Hispanic background helped you play the five different diverse roles that you play and come from away?
I think what’s so beautiful about the show is that we show up so many backgrounds, so many kinds of ethnicities and people from around the world. But what I really kind of took to it were were kind of people who were considered outsiders coming into this community. And, you know, as Latinos, sometimes we feel that I know when my family moved to New Jersey, we were one of the first Latino families that moved into a neighborhood.
How can you inspire other little boys who also want to be on Broadway one day?
No matter where you are in life and in wherever your trajectory is taking you to be the best that you can be at that moment. So say, if you were a kid who wants to be an actor on Broadway, like I did in your in your high school chorus, like being the person that everybody can depend on and looks up to and is inspired by, do the work that needs to be done. Be the person that everybody wants to work with. It’s unbelievable what kindness and generosity can do for you in life.
His passion for the theater led him to take part in Off Broadway theater companies, from where thousands of musical lovers have recognized his talent around the world with tours in Hong Kong, China, Japan and other latitudes.
Samayoa, son of Guatemalan immigrants, grew up in New York, the city of skyscrapers and to date still remembers the pain that part of the world experienced in that fateful September 11, 2001.
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