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.
Janet Bentley (email@example.com) is a director, dramaturg, writer, actor, sound 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. Janet premiered Don Nigro’s solo piece called Jack in the Box this past February (acting with Nylon Fusion Theatre Company). Some New York credits include world premieres of The Dark and Our Fantasia by John Patrick Shanley (directing at Nylon Fusion Theatre Company), an original dance-play called Horse (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2017 - nominated for 10 awards), 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. Current show in production: Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter at Medicine Show Theatre - click HERE for show page. Upcoming productions include a Brooklyn Adventure (Cain's Journey) by Mario Fratti at Theatre For the New City in April 2018. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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