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Table Talk w/James Earl Jones II of ‘Come From Away’

Powerful. Moving. Gripping. Life-changing. Funny. Spectacular.

Yes, these are all of the wonderful words (plus many, many more) we can use to describe Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s incredible musical that tells the true story of what transpired the week of the September 11th attacks when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland, Canada.

Now, you would think that a show retelling the events of that tragic and horrific day would be filled with sadness and sorrow, but instead it does a tremendous job filling the air with hope and human kindness…and it’s a message that we could all use more of in dealing with today’s crazy times.

With a small tightly knit and extremely talented cast, Come From Away also portrays characters based off of the actual kind patrons who took in those diverted plane passengers, which is another fabulous reason why it will get you in all of the right places. The audience gets to actually feel the human touch laced within….and it indeed has never felt or sounded better, for that matter.

So, in a word…if Come From Away is heading to your town (check this out), you might want to grab those tickets now.

James Earl Jones II (the legendary actor’s third cousin..not his son..a question he gets asked once daily) is one of the many talented actors in the cast who helps brings it all to light with his portrayal of “Bob” and a few others…you’ll see.

So, take a little time to get to know him as he was kind enough to take a seat at the table where he broke mugs about his favorite records, what doing this show means to him, and why Come From Away is just so damn important for all of us to see…right now.

Get to know James below.

First up on our little spill, what does being in this show mean to you personally as an actor? The show is a dream come true. Sometimes you do a show that pays very well. Sometimes you do a show that has a good message. Sometimes you do a show where you work with good people. And in the midst of that, you’re looking for your big break…the show that you really feel pushes your career forward. This show is all of those things.

Given the circumstances of the plot, why do you think ‘Come From Away’ just works so well with audiences? The show works so well with audiences because it gives people hope. A lot of people say that this show is very timely, due to the current political climate. I think the show will be timely, forever. It is a true event, about good people, doing good things. With so much negativity in the news and on the TVs, seeing such an uplifting and positive show, is reason enough, for it to resonate for a very long time, with people from all over the world.

This show also resonates plenty of human emotion as well. Why do you think it’s so important for people just to let it all out sometimes? A good cry allows you to sometimes heal. You purge the sadness, the emptiness, the despair; essentially, the negativity. I think it’s sad when people say they’ve never seen their *fill in the blank* cry.. A good cry, like our show, can be very cathartic.

Okay, so….you’re stuck on a deserted island…you’re only allowed to bring three of your favorite albums with you. Which ones would they be?  Sheesh!!  They would probably be India.Arie’s Acoustic Soul,Take 6’s self-titled record, and Wu Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers).

What is one thing you personally hope audiences will take away from this truly incredible show? A renewed sense of hope in humanity. Paying it forward with simple acts of kindness. Simply being good to one another, just cuz. Becoming more tolerant, understanding and open to people who are different than you..

Lastly, define the ‘Come From Away’ experience in a couple of phrases….. Beautiful message. Beautiful people. Beautiful experience. Changed for the better.

And there you have it, kids. now, get those tickets! This is one Broadway experience no one should ever miss in a lifetime.

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