“There was all kinds of media out there, and I did a ton of 20-second interviews,” Bass recalls. “At one point I was told that these two playwrights, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, also wanted to interview me. I had no idea what they were doing – they weren’t talking about a project they were working on. But we ended up talking for about four hours. Then I came home to Texas and didn’t think about it anymore. “
Until she received a call four years later inviting her to attend the world premiere of “Come From Away” in La Jolla, California.
“Again, I had no idea what I was going to see,” Bass said. “I certainly didn’t know how important my story would end up being. “
In “Come From Away”, the character of Beverley Bass represents all of the airline captains whose planes have landed in Gander, using details from Bass’s own biography.
“I remember we were sitting in the center of the third row from the stage,” she recalls. “There’s a scene at the start where Beverley’s character makes a phone call, and when I heard the words, ‘Tom, I’m fine,’ my husband and I started crying. I don’t think we were. saw 75% of the show that first time around, we were so overwhelmed.
“I think that’s when I realized how much more difficult this day was for my husband and my kids,” Bass said. “I mean, I knew where I was and I knew I was safe. But my family didn’t hear from me for almost nine hours.