The Cuban-American director behind The Amparo Experience
If you’ve tasted The Real Havana Club rum, you might have heard of The Amparo Experience: an epic story of love, revolution and stolen rum, inspired by the life of Amparo Arechabala and the family behind The Real Havana Club. Maybe you’re one of the thousands of people who saw the award-winning theatre event during its sold-out 8-month live run.
Cuban culture is the engine that drives Vicky. She explains, “Cuban people have this mode of putting our best foot forward even at the worst of times. We’re a tough bunch, we’ve been through hell and back and we manage to make ourselves laugh in the process.”
That Cuban grit helped make The Amparo Experience a reality. “I think I got about four hours’ sleep in the three days leading up to the first pilot of Amparo” says Vicky.
“Directors dream of opportunities like Amparo. I felt like my entire life had prepared me for this one moment – to tell a story shared by so many Cubans. I feel truly blessed.”
When asked who she’d cast as Victoria Collado in the movie about her life, she pauses: “Until someone discovers the Cuban Mindy Kaling, I’ll have to go with Natalie Morales, which would be an honor ‘cause I’m a huge fan.”