After picking up an old copy of his poetry (Never Take Me Down, Benitas Press, NY), we’ve had some nice phone conversations with Tony Vozzo. You might have read some of his poetry, seen him on a favorite TV show (NYPD Blue, The Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Pinero, Joey, (a doo-wop film). He has been featured in HBO’s OZ, ABC’s Third Watch, The Sopranos. Plays that he has written, directed and produced include: Walls of the Ghetto, Between Two Worlds, Psych, and more,being active at a writing workshops at Columbia University under John O’Killins, The Public Theater with Ed Bullins and The Frank Silvera’s Writer’s Workshop in New York City under the direction of Garland Lee Thompson.
Tony is still going strong and still living in Brooklyn, New York. The writer, actor, director, producer, and vocalist is now producing a new play called The Revolving Door. The play is a drama with poetic and musical overtones and deals with the interpersonal relationships between the staff and residents in an institution for mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
The Revolving Door will house a small number of available seats and is scheduled to open on 03/23/10 runs till 03/28/10 — tickets can be purchase for a discounted price on-line.
Here is “Think It Over” from page one of his poetry book, Never Take Me Down:
THINK IT OVER
If you’re in school, you better stay there, because when you drop out you’re going to find yourself on the street corner, looking for your life, but you won’t find it there, or anything worthwhile. When you become a corner stander and don’t know which corner to stand on, then you’re in for a tough time. You’ll be looking for something to do, and you won’t know what. You’ll feel the whole world’s gone bad and start taking your problems out on your friends and parents.
Don’t blame the world for your mistake; if you make that big mistake, then you’re to blame, and you’re going to learn the hard way.
Is that the way you want to learn? They say you can learn by your mistake, but there’s an easier way to learn. Don’t give mistakes any help. It’s your life, Baby, so make it worthwhile. Let the people know that you have something to contribute. Try not to learn the foolish way. Don’t let the color of your skin stop you. And don’t let the fools fool you.
We wish Tony great success with his play!