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February 1, 2013

One-man show explores addiction

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She knew that he would bring such enthusiasm to his script and his acting, as well.

“He is very special because of the maturity, the humility and the imagination that he brings to creative writing.”

Another audience member, Jeff Hughey of Plattsburgh, said after the performance that he was impressed by Wagoner’s ability to make the characters come to life. He was also intrigued by his own reactions to those characters.

“Sometimes judgment set in,” he admitted, causing him to analyze his own feelings. “Other times, I wanted to push back the chairs and console the character.”

On the whole, he said, “it didn’t take long to have compassion for the characters.”

Likewise, Wagoner noted himself that one of the advantages for him in writing and acting the piece was learning to relate to the characters more, with their different circumstances and problems.

“The process gave me sympathy and empathy.”

In order to write and play the characters, he said, he had to “believe in what they’re going through.”

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