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Stamped: A Story About Daniel, who Happens to have Autism

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Sarah Magni
March 27, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright and Actor.

What is your show about?
Supported by a cast of crazy characters, all played by ME, Stamped is about how others label us and how we define ourselves.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
There came a point in my life when I rediscovered why I became a performer in the first place. I truly believe that theatre can heal, educate and inspire. It did all of that for me. The most important thing I can do in my life is continue to create and perform works that have that mission in the forefront. This is necessary theatre, where everyone's stories get a chance to be heard.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
I've been very lucky to have the opportunity to perform in both Canada and the United States. Audiences everywhere will inevitably be different but what is so wonderful about the type of theatre I do is that it's meant to be accessible and universal. So far, it has been.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I've received letters from fans weeks and even months after they saw the show stating that they still think about it and it still resonates within them. That is the ultimate compliment. If I can get people really thinking and if I can create a dialogue between audience members then I've done my job.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Surprising

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Art has always had the ability to do this. Human beings are story tellers. They need to be heard. Keeping the stories active allows us all to be engaged, involved and inspired to create change.