Mom of two, Anne Torsiglieri, has been performing her one woman show since fall of 2017. Based off of her own life, A-Train, brings awareness to autism, and highlights the experience of raising children on the autism spectrum.
“I started by thinking ‘I want to tell the story of an autistic person.’ Then I quickly learned that I don’t know what that experience is,” she tells Hartford Courant. “I can only write my own experience of the journey.”
Torsiglieri spent years writing her one-woman play, and continues to craft it as she performs. In 2017, she won Best Production in NYC’s United Solo Festival, and in 2018, Best Encore.
“I am so thrilled to be able to share this story, which is not only our experience in the world of autism, but also the very universal journey of how to reframe and embrace happiness, and how to find it all around us,” Torsiglieri said to Shelly Leachman, a news writer for The Art Of Autism, after winning Best Production.
According to the National New Play Exchange, Anne has worked on a number of Broadway shows, including Miss Saigon and Parade. She also played Fantine in Les Misérables on their National Tour. Despite her Broadway career and graduating from The Juilliard School, she and her family now live in LA.
Torsiglieri’s twins are fifteen now, although the play’s story ends when they are seven.
“I’m happy when people in the audience can relate,” Torsiglieri says, “but I’m also happy that people who know nothing about this coming in can learn from it. Some people are really shaken up.” Torsiglieri says to Hartford Courant. “The response has been amazing, encouraging me to keep going with it. I’m hopeful to find more theaters to bring it to.”
Torsiglieri’s next stop is in Hartford, Connecticut. To stay updated on her work, visit A-Train’s Website.