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Rolando Teco
New York City
moody, broody, happy-go-lucky, complex kinda guy
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I have to admit, for years I carried around a trunkful of unhealthy skepticism around McKee's theories because I assumed he was prescriptive, engaged in a lifelong promotion of a kind of paint-by-numbers manual for screenwriting. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Extra Criticum
In a music-theatre context, there are a number of questions that must be answered before any song can be completed. Often when lyricists and composers collaborate on songs for a new show, these questions may be... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Extra Criticum
I'm embarrassed to have to say I forget which teacher first taught me this old trick. If you're out there and reading this, please forgive me for not giving credit where credit is due. But this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Extra Criticum
Since leaving my full-time position at the Dramatists Guild, I've been doing more and more of my freelance teaching online. And it's got me thinking about the ways in which meeting a group of folks for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Extra Criticum
Just saw this. Yay for loud laughers! :)
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I've been doing a ton of teaching lately. One of the things I pride myself on most in terms of my teaching style is that I work hard to build camaraderie among members of a class.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Extra Criticum
From the moment we decide to produce something, to mount anything for public consumption, we have assumed a responsibility to the community to frame the work in love. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Extra Criticum
I was reminded recently of a director I once had the displeasure of working with who saw his job more or less as moving actors around like set pieces on his set. As one of those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Extra Criticum
In the weeks since I first wrote this 3-page manifesto in response to a question from one member of my online scriptwriters workshop, I've continued to have requests for copies. So I figured, it wouldn't hurt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Extra Criticum
I believe in human resilience and in the power of community to change lives forever. I also believe in the power of negative thinking, greed and selfishness. But I hope that the positive forces in the world do generally outrun the darker forces.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on Something to Believe In at JUMPING FOR JOY!
Very clever. And great art!
I may have said this on FB, but I really love this video. Such valuable stuff! :)
Loved the movie. :)
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Only if you insist and make me feel as though your whole world depended on it. ;) Of course I will! Text me and we will make AT LEAST ONE plan.
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On Tuesday afternoon, my plan was to take my Mom to see Claude Berri's THE TWO OF US at the Quad Cinema. About an hour before we headed out I learned that -- oops! -- in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Extra Criticum
Something strange happened yesterday at the Quad Cinema on 13th Street. I'd taken Mom to an early-evening screening of the filmed version of Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE. If you haven't seen the film, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Extra Criticum
When I was eight or nine I'd been taking piano lessons for a couple of years. One day I arrived at my weekly lesson unprepared and my teacher noted the fact that it seemed as though... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Extra Criticum
Alvin Epstein, actor and director, has been one of my mentors. Over the 40+ years I've known him he's taught me many lessons. I'd like to briefly describe three of them here. 1. The Sign of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Extra Criticum
Keep going, Johnny. The world needs your plays. I just reminded my students who have to finish a full-length by the end of this term, that the worst thing we can do to ourselves is start reviewing our work before we've typed 'END OF PLAY." Of course you know this. And I know this. And yet, how often have we forgotten this? In my case, too many times than I care to recall. Oy.
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Thanks, David. Certainly all the visionaries featured in A LIFE'S WORK, your forthcoming feature doc, understand this intuitively.
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My first summer there Charles Ludlum (of Ridiculous Theatre fame) was there as a guest director; he was directing Die Fledermaus, a lighthearted operetta by Johann Strauss... I remember so viscerally a vague feeling of nausea that washed over me as I witnessed the rumblings of a cast mutiny at one of Ludlum's early blocking rehearsals. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Extra Criticum
At the multiplex in Roanoke. Waiting for the feature presentation to begin, an action-packed trailer pops up for a movie called KIDNAP. We see Halle Berry as a mother-warrior fighting what looks to be an army... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Extra Criticum
At Citarella, where the staff has been carefully schooled to call us to their registers with "May I help the following guest?" I recently heard this shouted at me: "Following!" I love it! At last, we've come full circle! It was "NEXT!" that got us here. With a little luck, it will be "FOLLOWING!" that finally tears it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Extra Criticum