May 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm
EXCERPT: “The Teatro Vista premiere at Chicago’s Storefront Theater closed shortly before Trump would become the presumptive presidential nominee. The off-Broadway production at Ensemble Studio Theatre hit during the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. On the night of Trump’s inauguration, Quijada was performing the show in a Trump-stronghold state at Boise Contemporary Theater.
“There was a Salvadoran family that came, reached out to me on Facebook, and was just like, ‘You you have no idea what this means to us,'” he says about the Boise run. “They invited me over to their house for pupusas. They were like, ‘You have no idea. We’ve been feeling really alone, considering we’re surrounded by a state we feel now doesn’t want us.'”
The latest Chicago production has played right through Trump’s 100th day in office.
“When we feel helpless, we can’t be hopeless,” Quijada says. “That’s a recipe for disaster. All we’ve got is faith that it will be better.”