Award-winning George Steeves shares highs and lows of life with Asperger’s Syndrome

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One-man show ‘Magic 8 Ball: My Life with Asperger’s’ in Sherman Oaks Sun., Jan. 28

George Steeves had dreams of becoming an actor. Why not? He could act, he was good looking, he could sing. That he had Asperger’s Syndrome wasn’t going to stop him. Many successful people were on the autism spectrum, like Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain. Steeves started looking for the right vehicle to jumpstart his career. He decided on a one-man show.

When Steeves was quite young, his mother sensed something was different about him. He had difficulty communicating verbally. His peers teased and rejected him. The specialists in rural Virginia where he was raised could not pinpoint the problem. He was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 11.

At 19, Steeves moved to L.A. and met some people who would change his life forever. A woman named Marianne Davis Rago helped him develop his one-man show, and two sisters, Penni and Crystal Wilson, came aboard to produce and direct it.

Magic 8 Ball: My Life with Asperger’s is a one-hour dramedy that takes the audience on a wild ride through life with Asperger’s.  He bravely deals with love, rejection, disappointment and success. As he climbs out of his pain to achieve accolades as a gifted playwright, singer and actor, you will rejoice.

The show has won awards wherever it has played. But creating the piece took on a bigger meaning than Steeves could have imagined. It saved his life, and impacted others whose lives were touched by Asperger’s.

Art can save lives, he believes – and we believe Steeves!

“Magic 8 Ball: My Life with Asperger’s” will be presented one night only at the Whitefire Theatre Solofest on Sunday, January 28, at 8pm. For tickets visit WhitefireTheatre.com/solofest-2017 or call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.

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Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.

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