Writing the Play - Masterclass with Ted Lange

Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Mar 28 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | $65
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In this playwriting masterclass led by legendary actor, playwright, and director Ted Lange from the iconic television show “The Love Boat” you will discover or rediscover, the playwriter in you! Whether you’ve never written anything before, you’re experienced in another kind of writing, or you’re a playwright looking to sharpen your skills, “Writing the Play” offers clear, step-by-step guidance in the basics: character, conflict, and structure, setting, dialogue, and formatting. But that’s not all. Need to make that good script great? We’ll study more than a dozen elements you can use in the rewriting process to move your script up a level and then discuss what to do next in the development process.

What You'll Learn

  • The different types of stages and how to account for them in your writing
  • Three models for creating compelling characters
  • About four different play structures & which to use for your play
  • A guideline of events that occur in a play’s beginning, middle, and ending
  • The three “levels” of dialogue and how to use it to improve your story
  • How to format a play correctly

Ted Lange personifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award received from the NAACP. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange’s career gained worldwide recognition as a gifted actor of stage and screen, revered director, and prolific writer. Lange penned twenty-five plays including, his historical trilogy, George Washington’s Boy, The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson, and Lady Patriot, as well as Four Queens - No Trump, a comedy which, won NAACP Best Play. He most recently directed, Satchmo at the Waldorf , for American Stage, starring L. Peter Callender. Lange has directed the Shakespearean plays, Othello, Richard the III, and Hamlet. He wrote Born a Unicorn, a musical about Black Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge. His prequel play of Othello, The Cause My Soul, won Best play of 2017. Lange is known for his portrayal of Isaac from the Love Boat.

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Live on the Set: The Love Boat with Theodore Lange
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Mar 24 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of The Love Boat at 7:15 pm followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with Theodore William Lange who portrayed Issac on the wildly successful television show. This romantic and comic drama aired from 1977 to 1987 on ABC and followed three story lines of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess.

Live on the Set: Good Times with BernNadette Stanis
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Mar 25 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of Good Times at 7:15 pm followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with BernNadette Stanis who played Thelma on the sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and developed by executive producer Norman Lear, Good Times was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a public housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago and the show’s characters attempt to overcome poverty.

Willie & Esther Stage Play
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Mar 26 - 27 | Various Times | $47 - $75


Willie & Esther, a comedic and heartfelt story of a couple fighting to survive life in LA. While pushing to get to the next level they end up pushing the boundaries of their relationship hoping to eventually escape their Stark reality. The role of Esther will be played by Thelma of “Good Times” Ms. BernNadette Stanis and the role of Willie will be played by Isaac of “The Love Boat”, Mr. Theodore Lange.

Dates and Times

  • Willie & Esther - Evening Play
    Sat, March 26, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
  • Willie & Esther - Matinee
    Sun, March 27, 2022
    3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Writing the Play - Masterclass with Ted Lange