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Rolando Teco
New York City
moody, broody, happy-go-lucky, complex kinda guy
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My pants are all tight. My neighborhood bodega has survived. I don't sleep through the night anymore. My notebook of tune ideas is full. There are friendships I fear may be slowly disappearing. I've reconnected with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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After my first sleepless night in my apartment after having been away for awhile, I noted, first the sound of gentle rain out my open bedroom window. Then I glanced at the alarm clock on my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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My friend August is dead. And it's going to be a long time before I really feel that news. We met 40 years ago at an outdoor concert in Connecticut. I don't recall who was playing.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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These past few weeks have not been easy. I have a very sick friend. We have a very sick leader and a very sick country and the key to survival feels like it goes against the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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It really is true. A random collection of strangers gathers together. And by witnessing the same thing -- be it a concert, film or play -- we become one. When all is said and done, we are transformed into an audience. A unit. With a specific shared experience that binds us. That's powerful. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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What I figured out (about a decade ago or so) was that if I open every script I read with a load of unconscious expectations that are based on my own personal style and approach, chances are my disappointment will come quick and forcefully. The silly thing is, I'm convinced many writers I know suffer from this same skewed view. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Possibly with the exception of freshmen orientation, those first days at college when I actually believed I might go four years without making a single friend, I have never been as lonely as I am these... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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It's a terrible shameful thought to have about a group of strangers enjoying themselves. I haven't had a thought like that since the early 1990s dancefloors where, sadly, in many cases, I watched men, some my friends, dance their last hurrah before my very eyes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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More than 350 submissions (from 43 U.S. States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand) later, the verdict is in. Writers everywhere are ready willing and able to take hold of this unique historical moment and forge a viable path forward for making exciting theatre happen again, one talking head at a time. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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So in an increasingly online world, it becomes even more essential that we plan for the unpredictable, have a back-up plan and a back-up to our back-up and never put our hopes and dreams in the hands of Google, Facebook, Verizon, Comcast and the like. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Anyone who tells you their adjustment to life under soshedist has been smooth sailing, A-OK, is without a doubt one of those annoying frenemies who only present the rosiest picture of themselves to the world in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Actor/Writer/Provocateur (and longtime pal o' mine) Paul Outlaw has posted a video of himself reading a few pages from Baldwin's brilliant 1965 presentation "The American Dream and the American Negro." Because the origin of the text... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Extra Criticum
This morning I was reminded of the advice I shared with members of the Roland Tec Alumni Action Network just days ago. "Do yourself a favor," I said. "See if you can get in the habit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Why is it so difficult for us to stop when we've started a project that's not working? I thought about this this morning as I got up to brush my teeth. That face looking back at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Extra Criticum
Thanks, John. I miss you. Hope you're well. Write something. Paste it into an email. Send it to me. Miss you! xoxoxo
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For most of my adult life, I've been a composer who was afraid to play the piano in front of anyone. I can trace this mostly to my lack of discipline as a child who confronted with the choice between practicing my Mozart and just making up my own improvised pieces, always ended up choosing the latter. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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In the end, it's all driven by a commitment to one thing, to not accept an end or even a pause to the essential conversation that flows between artists with something to say about this world and an audience hungry to hear it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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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