LO: Did you have a favorite teacher growing up?
TD: I did. I had a few, but the one that I remember is a gentleman named Charlie Messinger. He was an English teacher, and he was the first one to introduce me to the theater. He was the guy who put on the plays at school, the musicals. I was in three, and he opened up my eyes to something that I had never even imagined.
LO: You're a father and now a grandfather. What is one lesson you want to pass down to your family?
TD: There's always the lesson of giving back. There's always the lesson of trying your hardest and that hard work will pay off—that lesson is certainly there. But we're lucky. My kids understand the importance of education, and they're doing well.
I think there is a moment in the show where my daughter says, "I am so proud of you for doing this," and all I could think of was: "I'm so proud that you're proud! You're proud of me? You're proud of your father?" Wow.