Being able to play Matt was when I discovered I wanted to pursue a career in acting. The depth, desperation, conflict and transformation he goes through is an actor's dream. The great thing about doing a production like this is you truly transform the audience's mindset no matter what their original view on the death penalty. I felt as though I changed my local community permanently through the thoughts the show provoked.
I have performed in nearly 70 shows since 1983. I have played such dramatic roles as Clarence Darrow and even a journalist kidnapped in the Middle East who was eventually executed by his captors. None of these has been as intense or has affected me as deeply as 'Dead Man Walking'.
I came to join this play as more “college-boosting,” to be around people…for my future. Little did I know that I was walking into something insanely different, insanely effective. I had no idea what Dead Man Walking was, and until now, I never really knew was the death penalty was.
I learned so much as an actor about what it means to tell a story and to send a message out to an audience. It isn't just about entertaining people, but it's about making people see things that go unnoticed. Through this play, I learned how much an actor can impact an audience.
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