In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 6,579 airline passengers found their flights diverted to and grounded for days in an unlikely place: the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada.
For actors Q. Smith ’00 and Caesar Samayoa ’97, telling the real-life stories of those travelers — and the locals who hosted them — through the Tony Award–winning musical “Come from Away” has been the opportunity of a lifetime.
“We don’t call it a 9/11 story,” says Smith. “It’s definitely a 9/12 story.”
Confirms Samayoa: “Because of that horrific act, that tragedy, there was so much human kindness happening all over the world. This story emphasizes that. It really is one of those shows that has changed our lives.”
Getting to this point has been a long, multi-legged journey for the Ithaca College grads — and there’s no sign either will stop racking up the miles anytime soon.