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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

THE SHOW

"A Real Man - Dad. Daughter. Autism." is the highly acclaimed solo stage show written and performed by me, Mike Guido. It tells the story of my unique journey with my daughter, Maria, and her severe autism; and how she, through her innocence, vulnerability, and pure sweetness transformed me from a man full of fear, frustration, denial, and sadness to who I am today, which is a man so incredibly happy and grateful to have Maria in my life exactly as she is! 

"No one walks away from this show without feeling the impact an autism diagnosis can have on a family, but everyone walks away knowing that autism is not a tragedy; rather with an enlightened set of eyes it is a gift." - Aaron Blocher-Rubin, Executive Director Of Arizona Autism United.

"A Real Man" tells my story of this sweet girl and how she changed me for the better.
"A Real Man" tells my story of this sweet girl and how she changed me for the better.

Our Project                                                                                     We have reserved the beautiful Scherr Theater in Thousand Oaks, Ca. where, under the direction of Clark Schafferhttp://www.schaffer-studios.com/ who has worked on over 28 feature films, we will do a multi-camera shoot to film the show from every angle and to capture every nuance. Heading up the camera crew will be Jeff Johnson who's credits include MTV's VMA show and the Emmy nominated Rock Hall Of Fame Induction broadcast. Editing will also be handled by Mr. Johnson. The show will then be made available on DVD, FREE OF CHARGE, to autism groups, families, and anyone who would benefit from it's uplifting and inspiring message!

"I laughed more than I had in weeks and I cried more than I had in years, and I wasn't the only one. Thank you, Mike, for reminded us what true inspiration is!" - Joe Marquez, President of The Ventura County Autism Society

Below: our good friend, actress Joey King! (Ramona & Beezus, White House Down, and The Conjuring)

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THE PERFORMER: Mike Guido                                                               I am also a professional stand-up comedian with eight appearances on national television, a comedy CD on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and I have worked with showbiz greats like Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, and Jay Leno. All of that is great and I am very grateful for every opportunity that has come my way through my comedy, but it all pales in comparison to the satisfaction I get from performing "A Real Man - Dad. Daughter. Autism." This show is now my passion because it really does make such a very positive impact on so many people; especially those affected by autism.

"Mike Guido's outstanding performance of A Real Man was thoughtful, touching, relatable, and funny; and he successfully raised awareness and brought new insights about autism." - Edlyn Vallejo Pena, Ph.D. California Lutheran University

So, let's keep it going! Let's make sure that "A Real Man" can continue to inspire, uplift, and entertain more and more people affected by autism ... and everyone else too!! WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO THIS!! THANK YOU!!!!

Below: very humorous excerpt from "A Real Man - Dad. Daughter. Autism." (35 seconds) (2 Roads Theater - Studio City, Ca.)

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 Below: more dramatic excerpt from "A Real Man - Dad. Daughter. Autism." (68 seconds) (2 Roads Theater - Studio City, Ca.)

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Below: another standing ovation for "A Real Man. Dad. Daughter. Autism."! (2 Roads Theater - Studio City, Ca.)

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Below: Show flyer for April 2011 World Premier of "A Real Man - Dad. Daughter. Autism." at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.

The happiest place on Earth truly is Disneyland with Maria!
The happiest place on Earth truly is Disneyland with Maria!

Risks and challenges

This is actually a very low risk endeavor. We have already secured the theater, our director, editor, and Los Angeles based TV quality film crew; all of whom I have worked with before and who I completely respect and trust as professionals and as individuals. Everything is in place and ready to go as soon as we are funded!

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    The opportunity to effectively raise autism awareness and to make a positive impact on those affected by autism PLUS the most heartfelt thanks and appreciation from all of us involved with this awesome project!

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