Title — “Who is James A. Bretney?”

James A. Bretney, film director has put together a TV pilot about the Roman Governor Creticus ("The Man of Chalk.") How far is the Hollywood of the now, different from acting in the ancient world? This episode has interviews with actors: Michael Kripchak, Greyson Lewis and Michelle Stratton. There is an interview with Cody Garcia, film editor and philosopher. Mr. Cain interviews James A. Bretney (veteran) on his journey from war to the world of his imagination. Find out how to make a TV pilot. Universal Empire: The Story of Creticus can be found on FaceBook.

Included in this episode is Professor Art Lynch discussing the movie business, the art of the ancient stage, and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). A comparison is made between Rocius the actor, Archibald A. Leech (Cary Grant), and James A. Bretney.

In this episode Rob and Nancy Cain perform a dramatic narrative of a Roman couple going to the theater to see the great Roman actor Quintus Roscius Gallus. The soldier has been away for six long years and doubts his wife's fidelity. She doubts his fidelity as well. Can a night at the theater change everything? Has the years changed him? Can she put aside her love for the great Quintus Roscius Gallus?

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  • James A. Bretney · October 5, 2012 · 1:55 pm

    Thank you ROB CAIN for the great coverage. If anyone is interested in the film, please check out the fb page and the trailer:


  • Jordan Harbour · October 6, 2012 · 11:59 pm

    The theatrical moments were really great in this show. The one with Rocius is particularly engaging. I think this was one of the best pieces of creative writing/theatrical narrative I have yet heard from Rob. I hope we will see more of the same as I think this style is an excellent template for future shows.

    I was also impressed at how the ‘theme’ of the Rocius vignette was carried through to other aspects of the show, especially the Carry Grant vignette which is staged in a different era completely. It’s very much in keeping with the general theme of the podcast, which seems to be recasting Rome in different lights so as to bring the past alive.

    On the whole, very well done!

    Jordan, Twilight Histories

  • Geary Hughes · November 17, 2013 · 4:50 pm

    Love your podcast. Just listened to Episode 11 – “Who is James A. Bretney?” Can you identify the long musical piece playing in the background? I thought that it was spot-on.

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