Pete Barry and J. Michael DeAngelis (Writers) first collaborated on the short play Drop, which was a winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. They followed that up with Accidents Happen (with John P. Dowgin), which won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Original Play. Signs from God, their first full length collaboration, premiered at the 2010 Philly Live Arts & Fringe Festival. They returned to the Philly Fringe in 2011 with the smash hit comedy X/Y. Recently, they co-wrote the shorts Dark Ride and Dunk as part of the anthology play Deep Fried Everything (again with John P. Dowgin). Accidents Happen and Drop are published and licensed by Samuel French. Pete’s Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second was recently included in the anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Vintage Press will also publish Pete’s Hearing Aid in an upcoming collection, Plays for Two.
Pete is a co-founder of The Porch Room, an independent film and theater company, where Michael serves as the Managing Director. Their work has been seen at Playwrights Horizon for The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The New York International Fringe Festival, Circle Players Theater, Insomniak Theater, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Puzzle New Works Festival and the Philly Live Arts & Fringe Festival. Pete lives in Easton, PA with his wife Jean and his daughters Lia and Violet. Michael resides in Philadelphia with a bottle of scotch, a blonde archaeologist and an angry Bolivian. The authors are both members of the Dramatists Guild of America.
John P. Dowgin (Director) A founding member of The Porch Room, John is honored to direct the group’s first NY Fringe Festival appearance in over a decade. Previous directorial credits include The 39 Steps, Frost/Nixon, Othello, Twelve Angry Men, and A Few Good Men. Acting credits include Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van (2009 NY Fringe Best Ensemble), The Normal Heart, Children of a Lesser God, and others. Two of his one-act plays appear in The Porch Room’s published anthology Accidents Happen, available through Samuel French, and many of his screenplays are currently ‘in development’ (a mysterious land somewhere between Los Angeles and Oz) with various production companies.
Justis Bolding (Company Representative) is stepping behind the stage for the first time with The Porch Room. She’s more widely known as an actor for her portrayal of a principal character on “One Life to Live,” or her involvement in The Woman in White on Broadway, or a myriad of radio and on-camera commercials. When not working in the arts, she helps people with problem dogs as a professional dog trainer with Raise the Woof Dog Training. She is honored to be participating in such a powerful commentary on art addressing a hotbed political topic. www.justisbolding.com
Jacob Carlson (Stage Crew) would like to welcome you to the simple and meager writing that is his bio: He recently moved to New York City from Orlando where he lived for a little over a year. Before that, Jacob could be found roaming the streets of Chicago, headshot/resume in hand. He is excited to be a part of Fringe and this beautiful show and hopes that you are too. www.CheckoutJacob.com
Elyse Halloran (Lighting Designer) – Elyse most recently collaborated with Ed Pearson on The 39 Steps at Circle Players. This season at Circle, Elyse designed lights for Becky’s New Car, The Liar and A Behanding in Spokane. She also recently lit 100 Saints You Should Know for Alliance Repertory Theatre Co.
Rebecca Kotcher (Composer) Rebecca Kotcher joined the Underground Shakespeare Company (USC) as a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania and has since participated in several productions as a songwriter, musician, and actor. Favorite roles with USC have included Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012) and Viola in Twelfth Night (2013). She participated in the premiere production of Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives (2012), playing Charmian and “herself” as well as performing her original music. Rebecca also recently released her folk-rock album, “The Other Way” (2012), which was recorded and produced by John Caldwell at Mount Royal Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. The music can be heard on iTunes and CDBaby.com. Having graduated in May with a degree in Biology, Rebecca currently works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jessica Murray (Stage Manager) Jessica is very grateful for this opportunity to work on a FringeNYC show alongside a friend and peer from NJCT helping her make this leap from there to here extremely enjoyable! Jessica earned her BFA in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts and has worked in theater ever since! She has worn many hats in this business, but most frequently she wears the performer’s hat. Jessica sat on the board of trustees for a 501C3 Theater in New Jersey for 9 years with 2 of those years as President of the Organization. In those years she was able to put her well-rounded education in the Arts to practice in a very real, demanding, and fulfilling way. She thoroughly enjoys being the Captain of the ship, and thanks John for bringing her aboard, and the rest of The Porch Room for trusting her with this wonderful piece.
Ed Pearson (Lighting Designer) – is thrilled to be working with The Porch Room for the first time on such a challenging project. Ed’s lighting designs have been seen at FringeNYC 2012, and on numerous Central NJ stages for which he has received several NJACT Perry Award nominations / wins during his career, most recently for Assassins, The Farnsworth Invention, and Amadeus at Circle Playhouse in Piscataway, and Cats at Villagers Playhouse in Somerset. Ed proudly serves as Technical Director for Alliance Repertory Company. Special thanks to co-designer Elyse, BRAVO to the extremely talented cast and crew of this show, THANKS to John for inviting me to work with them, and LOVE ALWAYS to Hilary who puts the light in my life.
Olivia Rutigliano (Costumes) is happy to work on the Porch Room’s production of Anthony and Cleopatra: Infinite Lives, after designing and constructing the costumes for its debut at the Philly Fringe in 2012. She is a member of the Underground Shakespeare Company, for which she has designed, sewn, and assembled costumes for seven Shakespearean productions – most recently Twelfth Night (which she directed) and the upcoming The Taming of the Shrew (in which she plays Katherine). A senior English and Cinema Studies double-major at the University of Pennsylvania, she is concurrently a Master’s Degree student in English, and has taken costume design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Last year, she received her first of two Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowships for her thesis on Shakespeare Performance History, for which she designed and sewed gowns for six of Shakespeare’s heroines. She shares with her namesake character Olivia the love for making items out of duct tape – though the similarities end there.