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Rolando Teco
New York City
moody, broody, happy-go-lucky, complex kinda guy
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Covid-19 is emptying venues everywhere. But... Plays are unique. Plays really shouldn't be performed without their audience. Because in the theatre, unlike anywhere else, the audience plays a role. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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What a sexy headline! (Not!) Since leaving my full-time staff position at the Guild, I've been engaged in what can best be described as a tug of war between various forces in my life and in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Going through my files, I just stumbled upon this pic which brings me back to one of my favorite moments from two summers ago when I was trekking up and down the I-95 and I-87 corridors... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Look what just showed up in my INBox. Wow, Facebook. You really care. That means so much! Umm... No, thanks. I'm good. But thanks for everything, Facebook. ;) Here are just a few of the stories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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This is the tag line on the home page of my teaching website and underneath my signature on any email I send. But what does it mean? A few things at least. First of all, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Extra Criticum
This is awesome! I want to use your answer/non answer. It's terrific. I get that question all the time and always stammer out some sort of nonsensical gobbledeegook. The other question I get when I say I'm a filmmaker and/or playwright is: "Oh. Would I know anything you've done?" or "Would I have seen anything of yours?" And I usually answer in such an idiot way with "Oh. I doubt it." WTF, Roland?! Actually a lot of people have seen things I've done but I feel this weird need to quickly (as quickly as possible!) make sure they don't think I'm trying to pass myself off as Stephen Spielberg or Marsha Norman. Oy. it's so idiotic. Part of me thinks the new answer all artists should carry in their back pocket is this: "Google me."
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The ASPCA hosts orientation sessions for their pet fostering program. I've signed up for one in two weeks. As they explain on their website, in NYC at least, there are many more cats in need of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Last night at a Moth Story Slam in SoHo, I put my name in the hat and waited. And my name was called. And I told my 5 minute story. And no one died. (at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Another Tuesday morning bit of inspiration. This time, courtesy of my talented pal, Cosy Sheridan. Complete lyric below: Smash the dishes in the kitchen The alter in the cage Why not have a life that gets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Extra Criticum
So here I sit for over 15 years at my "B" (day actually, get your mind out of the gutter) job, still doing my craft, art, creative stuff, writing, making people laugh, what have you, thinking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Was just thinking I miss hearing her. Time to go back to Pangea?
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Don't ever give up, Yvonne! Without your voice the world would be a lot duller... and cleaner! ;) xoxoxo
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For those of us who keep on hiking up the road, making more stuff to share with the world, even when sometimes it feels like no one's listening, don't give up. Don't ever give up. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Coolio. I will check it out soon. And I'm picturing you playing guitar facing the window and it's making me smile! :) Please post to EC again soon. I miss your posts! :)
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After a couple weeks of twice daily meditation I had an epiphany. What if I turned the piano around so that as I played I was facing the room and the big window on the other side. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Couple years back while I was teaching in Roanoke, I grabbed a few seconds of footage of this line of folks casting fishing lines on a grass lawn. At first blush I just thought it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Recently, a friend who hadn't ever seen my kitchen, looked up at the wall and asked, "Who's that gorgeous man?" "Oh. That's my Dad!" "Your Dad? Isn't it intimidating having him watching you as you cook?"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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At that most painful point when we have to confront the greatest fear of all, the fear that we might this time finally prove to ourselves and the world that we really do have nothing of value to offer... that's when we most need to push through. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Extra Criticum
Anybody? No one? ... Bueller?
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2019 on A Simple Question for all Writers at Extra Criticum
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Love! xoxoxo
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There's a university (I shall not name it here). It is among a handful which over the years honored my Mom with an Honorary Doctorate given in conjunction with her commencement address. My father never had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Extra Criticum
Reading a student's new play, I find myself returning to a simple (but essential) question. How do you decide what to put on stage and what to put offstage? (Screenwriters: translate offstage to offscreen...) I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Extra Criticum
I luhv huh! And I love this quote. Thanks!
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Years ago, my good pal John Yearley, a gifted writer who absolutely needs to be a playwright because his humanity or his writer soul naturally seeks its expression through dialogue, said the following about a someone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Extra Criticum