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Rolando Teco
New York City
moody, broody, happy-go-lucky, complex kinda guy
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Hi Christine. Thanks for the comment. I sort of agree and I sort of disagree. I think I share your fierce desire for us to get back to theatre as it was meant to me -- live and breathing the same air. But I also think that powerful writing and performing -- particularly in the form of monologue -- can also have the effect of reminding people who cannot experience theatre (in its ideal form) of what they're missing. Because raw honest humanity can be conveyed when created and performed by the right craftspeople. And then, when the doors open to live in-person theatre again, the audience hunger will be there still... as though an ember had been kept alight. Or that's my hope anyway.
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But there were problems. For one thing, Zoom is a pretty sorry substitute for actually being there. When it comes to live theatre, the most obvious problem is that no two actors can every really make eye contact via webcam. And so brilliantly sculpted scenes between two, three, four characters suffer a mortal blow. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Extra Criticum
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In early 2020 I began an experiment in mutual cooperation and career accountability. I'd noticed that many of the creative folk in my workshops had to contend with a lot of fear, uncertainty, indecision and isolation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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In early 2020 I began an experiment in mutual cooperation and career accountability. I'd noticed that many of the creative folk in my workshops had to contend with a lot of fear, uncertainty, indecision and isolation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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Pandemic Pause tossed us all up in the air and landed us in one of two worlds -- the world of the family marooned in their home stuck with each other all day all night and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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In early 2020 I began an experiment in mutual cooperation and career accountability. I'd noticed that many of the creative folk in my workshops had to contend with a lot of fear, uncertainty, indecision and isolation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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The ascent of Zoom as our de facto platform for new work has made it much easier for the producer with bold vision and not a lot of money to attract artists and their audiences to the work and has relegated the more traditional brick and mortar producer somewhat to the sidelines. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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Recently I had to make a painful decision and remove myself from a toxic situation. Without going into too revealing a set of details, I will say it concerned a working group of individuals and one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Extra Criticum
March 20, 2021. The day started out like any other. I checked my calendar to scan the horizon of the day ahead and planned my approach to various items that popped up. I admit I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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I'm really happy to have finally taken the time to organize the best versions of the songs that make up the musical THE CURSE OF BATVIA so that they now live in one online playlist for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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I offer up a few thoughts on your relationship to your technology, specifically to the device that is your portal. Because in the end, you may write the Next Great American [fill-in-the-blank] but if you can't manage to save it as a PDF and send it out into the world, well... a certain tree in a certain forest comes to mind. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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When you are making something for the world and the world doesn’t appear to care, that can feel like one hell of a lonely bed you’ve made for yourself. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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Who is this formatting for then? Well, all the people who come between you and your brilliant vision and its full realization before an audience: directors, producers, designers and above all, actors. Actors of course are the ones we should consider first, middle and last because in the messy business of touching the hearts and minds of your audience, no collaborator has more power than the actor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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For example, there seemed to be a lot of digging. Was my unconscious guiding me here? Possibly, although the Alabama piece ("We Dig a Big Hole") is inspired by actual remarks made by an Alabama state rep who introduced a bill in the state legislature to ban books written by gay authors. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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It's maybe not too surprising that writers would have learned to see their efforts as selfish. Just look around at all the walls the culture erects to protect people from the writing that's brand new and untested. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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I think it first came up in one of my online writers workshops when Kate Weiman asked if I could share a bit about how the film came into being...where and how it all began, what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at Extra Criticum
I really should have titled this post: How Do You Read New Scripts? So how do you? Please post a comment. Apologies to you if you were waiting for this for a few weeks. I just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Extra Criticum
I remember during my tenure at the Dramatists Guild hearing Mr. Edward Albee on more than one occasion rant against the American Theatre's conspiracy to convince playwrights that they needed help writing their plays. I must say I always enjoyed that rant and felt he had pretty much nailed it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at Extra Criticum
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How is a writer working on material that takes more than 10 pages to reveal its true nature going to have a chance of being picked up in a world of ever-shrinking attention spans, where gatekeepers may not stick around long enough to discover the hidden treasure beyond page 19? I put this question to four clever writers who all happen to care deeply about teaching and paying it forward for the future of our shared culture. Here's what each of them had to say: Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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Now, more than ever, I feel we artists need each other. We need to see and hear each other and be reminded of others who, like us, may occasionally fall into deep dark despair but manage against all odds again and again to sit down and make new work. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Extra Criticum
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