This email contains some thought pieces I wanted to share plus a few fun tidbits for anyone who feels their heart race when the house lights go down.
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Be a mensch! Share the secret of the RT Inner Circle with one or two people you care about. People you'd be pleased to sit next to in a workshop, at a screening, in a Zoom brunch or on a crowded subway car.

R O L A N D   T E C

The Why and the How and the What For of Deep Diving into Monologue Writing... Again... and Again (and again).

Last Spring as the possibility that CoViD19 lockdown might eat up more than a month of 2020 turned gently into probability, then undeniable certainty, I noticed something interesting. Those of us who have a hand in the creation of film and theatre--of entertainment in the form of stories that unfold before a live audience--we were all showing clear signs of cabin fever. Playwright friends were having readings of new and old work. Actors were gathering to perform sonnets. Songwriters were grabbing their guitars, logging onto Zoom and sharing stuff. 

It was exciting. And healing. We needed that. We needed to connect and to reaffirm what it is we do best. 

But there were problems. For one thing, Zoom is a pretty sorry substitute for actually being there. [Look for my upcoming argument: Zoom: Fear her not. But pity her a little bit. She'll never convince us that nothing's lost.] When it comes to live theatre, the most obvious problem is that no two actors can every really make eye contact via webcam.

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Hear Me Out 2021

$10,000 in cash prizes
Early Bird Deadline: June 1, 2021
Final Submission Deadline: July 22, 2021 at Noon, EDT
Closing Awards Ceremony & Fest: September 6, 2021 at 1PM

Reading Other People's Work Productively

The Problem was Me

Here’s a confession. For years, with the exception of a handful of favorite writers, when I would pick up a new script to read, nine times out of ten, I’d hate it. And it took me years of reading and hating to finally figure out that it actually wasn’t true that nine out of ten scripts I read were awful. The problem was me.

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Find Yourself in a Supportive Online Circle of Scriptwriters for the rest of this year.

Application Deadline to the next RT Online Writers Workshop is May 20th

Visit for details on how the workshop will be run. For the first time, the RTOWW will include monthly public presentations of new work for invited audience feedback.

Learn More - RTOWW

Workshop a Solo Show for 12 weeks, then present the first 30 min. to an invited audience including a panel of experts.

Confirmed panelists include: Gretchen Cryer, Paul Outlaw and Gary Garrison

Application Deadline Extended: May 15th

Visit for details on how the workshop will be run. Any questions? Send Roland an email at:

Learn More - Zoom Box Black Box

Why Pandemic Pause May Be a Godsend to American Playwrights (and by extension: the American Theatre)

When I was in grad school, pursuing a *PhD in Music Composition, we had a visiting professor one year who had the audacity to suggest that without an orchestra at our disposal, available to read and rehearse pages and pages of early drafts of our orchestral music, none of us should ever have any hope of actually composing strong orchestral music, the sort that sounds as though it was written by someone who understands the way an orchestra sings. And of course I know he was correct because the first time I attempted an orchestral piece and presented it meekly to my less-than-thrilled seventh-grade orchestra teacher, Ms. Straub, there were dozens of musical gestures I attempted that I’d obviously assigned to the wrong instrument.

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Some of the Fizz from Last Year's Hear Me Out Monologues Awards Ceremony

Doug Wright announces the Golden Ear awarded to Patrick Mulcahey for his monologue A GOOD TURN. 
Julie Jensen announces the August van der Becq Special Prize for Daring awarded to Fran Handman for her monologue THE STICKING POINT.
Kia Corthron announces the Bronze Ear awarded to Lizzie D. Combs for her monologue FILM STUDIES 101.
Kate Snodgrass announces the Silver Ear awarded to Michael Wells-Oakes for his monologue YOU LABOR.

Curious to experience some of these wonderful monologues?

Dozens of last year's entries can be browsed on the 'Me & My Masks' YouTube Channel. 

Take a look. Subscribe. The channel's updated monthly.

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