Meet The Roly Polys
THE ROLY POLYS
The Roly Polys (Janet Bentley and Andy Evan Cohen) have made plays, written songs, composed music, designed sound and video, and performed live music since 2012. Roly Poly Productions is the formalization of this collaborative team into a theatrical production company designed to develop new plays, adapt classics, and nurture affiliated artists. Projects include: Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter at Medicine Show Theatre (script development, co-writing, arranging, direction, and music direction), To Damascus II by August Strindberg at The Gene Frankel Theatre (co-composition, co-sound and video design), Comes a Faery by James McClindon with Nylon Fusion Theatre Company at The New Ohio Theatre, NYC (co-composition, co-sound design), The Big Funk by John Patrick Shanley with Nylon Fusion at La Tea (co-composition and live performance), live musical performance at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2013, "Why?" and "The Last Polka (for Cat and Casio)" at The Brick's evening of songs from Beck's "Song Reader", and The Golem of Garbage: A Future Fable (co-writing / still in development).
Janet Bentley (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a director, dramaturg, writer, actor, sound designer, graphic designer, composer, and musician. She holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, a BA in theatre from the University of South Florida, and has multiple years training and experience in piano, dance, voice (opera and musical theatre), acting, and teaching theatre. Some New York credits include world premieres of The Dark and Our Fantasia by John Patrick Shanley (directing at Nylon Fusion Theatre Company), Jack In the Box by Don Nigro directed by Ivette Dumeng (acting with Nylon Fusion Theatre Company at Tada!), an original dance-play called Horse (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2017 - nominated for 10 awards), Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (directing/development/scenic design at Medicine Show Theatre), Lila on the Wall by Edward Allen Baker (The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios), Basement by Michael Hagins (Roly Poly Productions @ The Gene Frankel Theatre), Abu Casem’s Slippers by August Strindberg (directing for Strindberg Repertory), The Troubadour Struck by Lightning by Ed Malin (directing at FringeNYC 2016), Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays by Erik Champney (producing and directing at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), After Tartuffe by Judy Klass (directing at Fresh Fruit Festival @ The Wild Project), Queers for Fears by Ed Malin (directing at F*ckfest @ The Brick), The Addicts by Ed Malin (directing at Theatre for the New City), The Big Funk by John Patrick Shanley (Live Original Music - Nylon Fusion Theatre Company @ La Tea), Incendiary Agents by Jack Karp (dramaturg at Nylon Fusion @ The New Ohio Theatre), "This Round's On Us" (director/playwright in multiple festivals with Nylon Fusion - since 2013), and Coventry Carol by James McLindon (Emerging Artists Theatre). Regional directing credits include As You Like It, The Pillowman, Baal, The Woman From the Sea, Time on Fire, Parallel Lives, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Randy Noojin’s The Knife Trick. Upcoming productions include a Brooklyn Adventure (Cain's Journey) by Mario Fratti at Theatre For the New City in April 2018 (directing with Joan Kane as part of a Fratti double feature called "The Politics of Gender"), Tales With Teeth: Nigro Nightmares - four plays by Don Nigro (directing and performing at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity - with Nylon Fusion Theatre Company), and The Listening Room by Michaela Jeffrey (with Nylon Fusion Theatre Company). Janet is co-artistic director of the newly formed Roly Poly Productions and a member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company and New York Madness. For more info, click HERE for full CV.
ANDY EVAN COHEN
Andy Evan Cohen (email@example.com) is an award-winning sound and video designer and composer. His music and designs have been performed and featured all over the world, including productions in Scotland, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and New Zealand. His New York stage credits include off-Broadway productions of In Bed With Roy Cohn, A Midsummer Night's Dream (MasterWorks), Our Trojan War (Aquila Theatre US Tour), and Ay Carmela! (Repertorio Español), as well as nearly 100 off-off-Broadway productions with companies such as Animus Theatre, Boomerang Theater, New Light Theater, Nylon Fusion, Red Fern, Stable Cable, Strindberg Rep., White Horse, and T. Schreiber. His national tour credits include work on Oklahoma! (Networks Broadway), The Hungry Hungry Games (Mills Entertainment), and The American Soldier (Kennedy Center). Other media credits include the short films The Mall and Show & Tell Tango, the web series Off Off Kilter, and music for PBS Documentary films and UN Radio (Africa). Andy holds degrees from Oberlin and The Manhattan School of Music. Twitter: @AndyEvanCohen