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David Zayas & Paul Calderon speak to Victor about los Caballeros Divinos ... by : Victor Padilla

DIVINE HORSEMEN

" In the rundown Caballeros Divinos social club in Spanish Harlem a petty criminal , a down-andout dreamer and a washed up ex-major league baseball player lay out an outrageous scheme to get rich quick . When their plan comes to fruition , greed and individual conflicts and desires lead them all to a tragic end ."
Written and Directed by Paul Calderon . Co-Directed by Catherine Calderon . Cast : Willie- Paul Calderon , Iffy- David Zayas , Benny- Robert Lee Leng , Raffi- David Deblinger , Jojo / The Kid- Sebastian Mitre " Baz "
Victor Padilla : Were going to talk about the Divine Horsemen and many things I definitely want to al about that and promote it on our online magazine . So tell us how you guys started , you guys started this like way back ? What year was it that you actually started or go the idea to do the Divine Horseman ? Paul Calderon : 1995
Victor Padilla : 1995 wow , and what was the inspiration behind it ? Paul Calderon : uh we needed a play to open the season with hah , we didn ’ t have one haha
Victor Padilla : So whose idea was it , both of you guys got together and created it or ? David Zayas : No , I was really just starting out I hadn ’ t really done much when and Paul wrote this I wasn ’ t going to be in it . I was going to be the stage manager of it , that had to be 1995 , but circumstances happened that the actor that was playing the role of Iffy which I ’ m playing now , he couldn ’ t do it , so I jumped in and it was a really great experience .
Victor Padilla : Well back then and then now , kind of like a recap Paul Calderon : Well back then again I was working on a novel and my wife was the artistic director of the theatre company at the time and I said listen you need a play to open the season with , you don ’ t have one , turn those ideas that you are working on in the novel into a play and I wrote it like in a couple of weeks and lucky for me I had great talent behind me , you know David was able to step in to take over a very challenging role , we had John Ortiz , Phillip Seymore Hoffman , and you know , we had a great experience we did a workshop and the response was great , and then shortly after it was auctioned off , it just didn ’ t go the way that I envisioned it , because all of a sudden the Latino characters were turned into something else , I took the rights back and shelved it . Then this past year David and my wife coerced me into bringing it back . Victor Padilla : That ’ s cool , so David , tell us where your from and a little bit of your family history David Zayas : Well my parents were born in Puerto Rico and I was born in the Bronx and raised in the Bronx and yea i grew up by southern blvd over there , and when I got older we moved to the Soundview section of the Bronx .
I come from a really strong influence Puerto Rican background , still am , still living in the Bronx , I ’ m living in the ghetto right now , things are going good got into acting late in life , joined the air force when I was 18 , came back became a cop for NY for 15 years , then started acting .
Victor Padilla : So playing police parts is easier for you for or is it weird ? David Zayas : None of it is easy really , you know certain things come
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David Zayas & Paul Calderon speak to Victor about los Caballeros Divinos... by: Victor Padilla DIVINE HORSEMEN "In the rundown Caballeros Divinos social club in Spanish Harlem a petty criminal, a down-and- out dreamer and a washed up ex-major league baseball player lay out an outrageous scheme to get rich quick. When their plan comes to fruition, greed and individual conflicts and desires lead them all to a tragic end." Written and Directed by Paul Calderon. Co-Directed by Catherine Calderon. Cast: Willie- Paul Calderon, Iffy- David Zayas, Benny- Robert Lee Leng, Raffi- David Deblinger, Jojo/The Kid- Sebastian Mitre "Baz" Victor Padilla: Were going to talk playing the role of Iffy which I’m playing coerced me into bringing it back. about the Divine Horsemen and now, he couldn’t do it, so I jumped in and Victor Padilla: That’s cool, so Da- many things I definitely want to al it was a really great experience. vid, tell us where your from and a about that and promote it on our on- line magazine. So tell us how you Victor Padilla: Well back then and then little bit of your family history David Zayas: Well my parents guys started, you guys started this now, kind of like a recap like way back? What year was it that Paul Calderon: Well back then again I were born in Puerto Rico and I was you actually started or go the idea to was working on a novel and my wife was born in the Bronx and raised in the the artistic director of the theatre com- Bronx and yea i grew up by south- do the Divine Horseman? pany at the time and I said listen you ern blvd over there, and when I got Paul Calderon: 1995 need a play to open the season with, older we moved to the Soundview Victor Padilla: 1995 wow, and what you don’t have one, turn those ideas section of the Bronx. that you are working on in the novel was the inspiration behind it? Paul Calderon: uh we needed a into a play and I wrote it like in a couple I come from a really strong influence play to open the season with hah, of weeks and lucky for me I had great Puerto Rican background, still am, talent behind me, you know David was still living in the Bronx, I’m living in we didn’t have one haha able to step in to take over a very chal- the ghetto right now, things are go- Victor Padilla: So whose idea was lenging role, we had John Ortiz, Phillip ing good got into acting lat )аѠԁ́ЁѽѡȁM嵽ɔ!ԁܰݔѡȁɍݡ$݅̀)ɕЁɥݔݽɬȁ9d)ɕѕЁ)٥i9$݅́ɕ䁩Ё͡ѡɕ͔݅́ɕаԁ啅̰ѡхѕѥ)хѥЁ$eЁɕ䁑ѡ͡ѱ䁅ѕȁЁ݅́Սѥ)ՍݡAհɽєѡ́$ЁeЁѡ݅ѡЁ$٥ͥYѽȁAM她)݅ͻeЁѼи$݅́а͔Ցѡ1ѥ́́ͥȁȁԁȁȁ́)ѼѡхȁаѡЁɅѕ́ݕɔɹѼͽѡݕɐ)Ѽ԰Ёɍյх͔́$ѽѡɥٕ́͡٥i9Ё́ɔ)ѡЁѡѽȁѡЁ݅́иQѡ́Ё啅ȁ٥ݥ䰁ԁ܁хѡ́)0ѥṔ4饹)܀0ѥṔ4)Ʌ鄁ȁԁձɄ