Fiction. BAROQUE is the true story of the young painter Mario Minitti and several others who lived in and loved in Rome at the turn of the century in 1600. They came to Rome to find fame and fortune, Fillide Meladrone, Archbishop Pietero Aldrobondini, Ranuccio Tomassoni, Nunzio Pulzone. The story follows their lives as they intersect and fall in love with one another and share a common bond that they were painted by the great Caravaggio.
Richard Vetere's teleplay adaptation of his published stage play The Marriage Fool, starring Walter Matthau, Carol Burnet and John Stamos, is now streaming on Amazon. His novel The Writers Afterlife (Three Rooms Press, 2014) was called "a unique caper of magic realism" by Publishers Weekly. His new play Zaglada, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2019. His screenplay Caravaggio, an adaptation of his own published stage play, won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival in 2021. His Live Fast, Die Young & Leave a Good-Looking Corpse: a memoir of the 1970s (Whiz Bang) was published in 2021. He co-wrote the movie The Third Miracle, which is a screenplay adaptation of his own novel, published by Simon & Schuster. It was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agnieszka Holand, and stars Ed Harris and Anne Heche. He has a master's degree in Comparative English Literature from Columbia University and has lectured on screenwriting and playwrighting in the master's program at NYU and lectures now at Queens College. In 2005, the Frank Melville Library at Stony Brook University created the Richard Vetere Collection, an archive of his work.